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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
No Taxon (subgenus Zelus)
Species longipes (Milkweed Assassin Bug)
Other Common Names
Long-legged Assassin bug
Explanation of Names
Zelus longipes (Linnaeus 1767)
longipes = 'long-legged'
14.5-20.4 mm(1)
sp. exhibits great variation in size and color
se US, s. CA (rare) to Argentina / W. Indies - Map (1)(GBIF)
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.
Internet References
Featured Creatures (Kalsi & Seal 2011-2014)(2)