Subject: Reb Bug with Long Black Leggs
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
February 9, 2017 6:26 am
I found this bug near grass in Montgomery, Alabama in February, but the weather has been spring-like. Its body was about 3/4 of an inch. Do you know what it is? Thank you!
This is an immature, beneficial, predatory Milkweed Assassin Bug. Though they prey upon many plant feeding insects in the garden, they have been reported to deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled. Immature nymphs are wingless while adults have wings and can fly.
Thank you! Such a fast reply.
Sheila Mehta, Ph.D.