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)


Shown on Florida Native Plant Bidens alba



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