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Species Zelus longipes - Milkweed Assassin Bug

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Harpactorinae
Tribe Harpactorini
Genus Zelus
No Taxon (subgenus Zelus)
Species longipes (Milkweed Assassin Bug)
Other Common Names
Long-legged Assassin bug, Zelus Assassin bug
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Zelus longipes (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Cimex longipes Linnaeus 1767
Explanation of Names
longipes = 'long-legged'
Size
14.5-20.4 mm(1)
Identification
Distinctive orange-and-black bug

Det. J. Cret, 2016
Range
so. US (so. Atlantic & Gulf states to so. CA) to Argentina(1)
Season
yr round (BG data)
Life Cycle
Females lay eggs in clusters on leaves/stems. Nymphs molt 4 times. Usually overwinter as adults.
See Also
Repipta taurus (Fabricius)
- Range: se US
Det. M. A. Quinn, 2016
Internet References
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