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Unknown immature bug - Zelus renardii

Unknown immature bug - Zelus renardii
Livermore, Alameda County, California, USA
July 2, 2009
Size: about 2 cm
This is what the bug looked like when we first found it. It later molted or something, I will post photo of adult stage in a moment. It was found indoors but in a rural location, oak woodland habitat.

Images of this individual: tag all
Unknown immature bug - Zelus renardii Unknown bug - Adult form? - Zelus renardii

Moved from Assassin Bugs.

Moved from True Bugs.

Moved from ID Request.

Did you see it molt? I'm not sure these two linked photos are of the same individual. The adult is Z. renardii as I've already commented but I think this may be the nymph of an entirely different genus, Pselliopus.

Yes, they should be the same individual
It was a coworker was who found and looked after this bug, I was just the photographer, but I believe it was kept in a secure container and it was one bug one day, and a molted exoskeleton and a different looking creature a few days later.

Z. renardii nymph
This set of photographs has forced me to re-evaluate a nymphal identification. I can now fix a great blunder I’ve made several times in the past...and make the guide a better place. My thanks :)

It's definitely an assassin bug
I would guess it's in the genus Zelus, possibly Zelus renardii (compare adult below)

Thank you!
Thanks for the ID!

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