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Assassin Bug - Zelus luridus

Assassin Bug - Zelus luridus
rural, Denton County, Texas, USA
August 27, 2007

Moved from Zelus.

Moved from True Bugs.

Too long for rice bug
And neck is constricted (typical assassin bug). I think this is Zelus luridus

Bless you Hannah!
As usual, the Devil is in the detail. When I called photo#186088 an Assassin Bug, Eric corrected me and said it was a Rice Bug, completely throwing me off....but now I see that Assassins have long necks and Rice Bugs have like no neck. Small, but critical differences. Thank you, thank you.

I was thinking of an entirely different rice bug actually
- rice stink bug is shorter but has the same shoulder spines as the assassin bug (see below left). I can see how you might easily get this one mixed up with the other rice bug (below right), though.

got lots of rice stink bugs
I net a jillion when I sweep the high grass, but I have never seen the long green rice bug. That's what threw me. Not to say I don't have them, just never noticed one with no neck. Will truly be watching now. If they're here, I will find one! Also, how do I add a picture like you've done in the comment section here? I am not a computer whiz, and I can't seem to figure it out.

It's called a thumbnail
it's a link to an image elsewhere in the guide. Read the Help/Markup section for how to do it.

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