Milkweed Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes)

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

Fear not, it doesnt attack your milkweed, it is just mimics 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: PARTRIDGE PEA (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

My take: Killer in Our MidstThe Assassin Bug

Take 2: Hit Men in the Native Plant Garden


  1. Looks like it mimic the milkweed beetles we get in Canada.

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