Assassin Bug Nymph

Looks like a mantis
Location: Middle Georgia (the state, not the country;)
February 26, 2011 2:52 pm
My boys found this in the bathroom and think it’s a baby mantis. I’m not so sure. It doesn’t have the large head or ”praying hands.” I’m letting them keep it in a bug motel until we identify it. Help!
Signature: Tricia

Immature Assassin Bug

Hi Tricia,
This really looks to us like an immature Assassin Bug in the genus Zelus.  Assassin Bugs are predators so your inclination that it resembles a Mantis has some bearing.  You can read more about Assassin Bugs on BugGuide and you can compare your individual to this image and this image also on BugGuide.

2 thoughts on “Assassin Bug Nymph”

  1. Probably a nymph of Zelus luridus, but in Georgia, I can’t with absoluate certainty rule out either Z. cervicalis or Z. tetracanthus.

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