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For the United States & Canada

Species Zelus longipes - Milkweed Assassin Bug

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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
Species longipes (Milkweed Assassin Bug)
Other Common Names
Long-legged Assassin bug
Explanation of Names
Zelus longipes (Linnaeus 1767)
longipes = 'long-legged'
commonly called the milkweed assassin bug, as it closely resembles the milkweed bug(1)
14.5-20.4 mm(2)
sp. exhibits great variation in size and color

Det. Iustin Cret, 2016
se US, s. CA (rare) to Argentina / W. Indies - Map (2)(3)
year round, esp. in TX & FL (BG data)
generalist predators
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. Iustin Cret, 2014
Internet References
Featured Creatures (Kalsi & Seal 2011-2014)(1)