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Species Zelus renardii - Leafhopper 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 Diplacodus)
Species renardii (Leafhopper Assassin Bug)
Explanation of Names
Zelus renardii Kolenati 1856
Size
10.6-15.8 mm(1)
Range
so. US to OR (OR-CA to TN-GA) to C. America, W. Indies(2)(BG data); invasive on some Pacific islands(1), the Mediterranean (Spain to Turkey), Chile, and elsewhere (Rodríguez Lozano et al. 2018)
Food
Generalist predator (not a leafhopper specialist!)(3)
Print References
Abies J.R. (1978) Feeding behavior of an assassin bug, Zelus renardii (Hemiptera: Reduviidae). Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 71: 476–478.
Law Y.-H., Sediqi A. (2010) Sticky substance on eggs improves predation success and substrate adhesion in newly hatched Zelus renardii (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) instars. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 103(5): 771–774. Full text
Works Cited
1.Genus Zelus Fabricius in the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)
Hart E.R. 1986. Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 79: 535-548.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Heteroptera of economic importance
Schaefer C.W., Panizzi A.R. (eds). 2000. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 828 pp.