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Leafhopper assassin bug

Zelus renardii


This insects is called the leafhopper assassin bug, or Zelus renardii, which is a medium to large hemipteran with an average total length between 10.57-14.25 mm. It is generally greenish-yellow ventrally and yellow-brown dorsally, with the corium distinctly reddish with paler venation. It also has a long, robust body with a cylindrical head, small reddish eyes, and a thick curved rostrum. The front tibia are covered posteriorly by glandular setae which secrete a sticky substance. Distinguishing it from other Zelus species, the scutellum is long and bears no projections and the last ventral abdominal segment is slender with a hooked median process apically.


In my garden, Fort worth, Texas


Was resting on an okra plant leaf.

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Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Spotted on Sep 14, 2019
Submitted on May 16, 2020

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