Milkweed Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Milkweed Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes)

No, it doesn’t attack your milkweed, it is just the same color as the pest insect commonly called a milkweed bug.

These assassins are beneficial predators of soft bodied bugs including mosquitoes, flies, earthworms, cucumber beetles and caterpillar pests (armyworm, rootworm)

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/bugs/zelus_longipes.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant Bidens alba

###

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: