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)”

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

Shown on Florida Native Plant: PARTRIDGE PEA (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

My take: Killer in Our MidstThe Assassin Bug
http://web.archive.org/web/20120115214302/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/killer-in-our-midstthe-assassin-bug.html

Take 2: Hit Men in the Native Plant Garden
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/hit-men-in-the-native-plant-garden/

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

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