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Milkweed Assassin Bug

Zelus Longipes


Red with white spots, long black legs. Has a beak used to pierce their prey, which they hunt in ambush fashion. Eat most any insect they can overpower. The beak can also pierce human flesh, and they will attack.




I watched this one stalk its prey. Amazingly fast and aggressive. Also, you have to zoom in one the photo to get a good look at it.

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Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Jan 31, 2017
Submitted on Feb 2, 2017

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