Location: Upstate New York
January 24, 2012 12:11 pm
We saw this guy in our hedges last summer around mid July. It had two tiny wings and could fly, but not very fast. It also had tiny vice-like forearms, similar to a mantid. I tried looking this up online but can’t seem to definitively identify this bug.
Though it somewhat resembles a Phasmid, it is not. Your observation of the raptorial forelegs was keen, identifying this as a predator and not a vegan. Your insect is a True Bug in the Assassin Bug family. It is subclassified as a Thread-Legged Bug in the subfamily Emesinae. We believe it is most likely in the genus Emesaya, possibly Emesaya brevipennis which you can find on BugGuide.
Thank you for your response, that does appear to be the bug we saw.