Immature Assassin Bug in Mexico

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 07:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi – this cute little bug appeared on my husband’s hand.  After taking a few photos, he gently relocated it.  Is this a species of assassin bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Julie

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Julie,
This is indeed an immature Assassin Bug and we believe it is in the genus
Zelus.  Though not considered dangerous, Assassin Bugs in the genus Zelus will bite if carelessly handled.

Thank you very much!  My husband gently relocated it to the bushes.

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