New World(6), incl. most of NA (except n. Rockies)(3)
prey on a wide range of insects, e.g. boll weevils and leafhoppers, but up to 40% of diet may consist of lepidopteran larvae including cotton bollworm, tobacco budworm, and pink cotton bollworm; beneficial predators, esp. in cotton, soybean, alfalfa crops and tree fruit(6)
predation strategy unique: the bugs secret sticky substances from unique dermal glands on front tibiae (a derived trait of Zelus?), which are smeared onto setae that resemble leaves of sundew(6)
NB: info on Z. exsanguis in two popular sources(4)(7) actually refers to Z. luridus (D.R. Swanson, pers. comm. to =v= 13.iii.2015)
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