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Milkweed Assassin Bug

Zelus longipes


They are slender, long-legged bugs that are usually found on leaves and flowers, where they hunt by ambush. Length is 10-15 mm. Both the nymphs and the adults are bright orange with small white dots and long black legs and antennae. The body size can vary quite a bit, depending on how much the insect has eaten, or if it is a female ready to lay eggs. Hungry males can be very thin. I've noticed that Z. longipes has the capability of being the fattest of any species in the genus.


Our garden in Windwardside at the foot of Mount Scenery, the volcano that makes Saba, in the Caribbean Sea, Dutch Caribbean.


This little one just caught the little pest that has been sitting on my Basil. It was looking for a nice place to suck it out in peace! I am happy for him to stay :-) Let nature do it's thing. Excuse the quality of the pictures. Only had my iphone to get a close up.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 months ago

Good series. How satisfying ;-)

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Saba, Caribisch Nederland, Netherlands

Spotted on May 4, 2020
Submitted on May 4, 2020

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