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Assassin bug

Zelus luridus


This is the nymph of an assassin bug. This particular species uses sticky secretions on its legs to catch prey. You can see its nice praying mantis-style pose in the last picture. This one was up in a beech tree, maybe taking advantage of all the caterpillars eating the new leaves. I had to pull the branch down to get the pictures, so it was a bit tricky, but worth it!

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Maryland, USA

Spotted on Apr 28, 2013
Submitted on Apr 28, 2013

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