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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.