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Milkweed Assassin Bug Nymph

Zelus longpipes


The United States populations are distinctively orange and black in color. Adults and nymphs have a pear-shaped head, constricted neck and long hairy legs. Their piercing and sucking mouthparts have a three-segmented beak which, when at rest, is bent and held under the thorax in a groove. (University of Florida)


This one was on the dead stem of a cattail by the pond.


Assassin bugs suck body fluids from prey, such as armyworms, earthworms, cucumber beetles and soft-bodied insects.

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MelissaFerguson 7 years ago

Thank you Candic eB!!

CandiceB 7 years ago

Great shot!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Nice spotting!

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Melbourne, Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 11, 2013
Submitted on Apr 11, 2013

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