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Milkweed Assassin Bug

Zelus longipes

Description:

A black and orange Assassin Bug about 1.5 cm long. It completely lacks raptorial front legs. The middle and hind pair of femora are banded with white. It moves and flies quickly. Family Reduviidae. See the nymph of this species spotted in the same area: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/87....

Habitat:

On the leaves of a bush, semi-rural area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, 2,200 meters.

Notes:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bene... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelus_long... https://www.ecured.cu/Zelus_longipes_Stá... http://bugguide.net/node/view/4832/bgima...

1 Species ID Suggestions

tmvdh
tmvdh 5 years ago
Long-legged Assassin Bug
Zelus longipes


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3 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Thank you so much Torsten for the identification. I am happy to send you the pictures!

tmvdh
tmvdh 5 years ago

Zelus longipes (Long-legged Assassin Bug or Milkweed Assassin Bug), a species with a great variation in size and colour.

tmvdh
tmvdh 5 years ago

Great shots, Lauren.

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Oct 15, 2016
Submitted on Oct 20, 2016

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