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ransom3
Zephyrhills, FL

May 11, 2013
10:36 AM

Post #9516903

I think they are probably beneficial. They are very camera shy.TY

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2013
4:02 PM

Post #9517186

Those look like the nymphs of the orange assassin bug Gminatus australis

http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/4725/
ransom3
Zephyrhills, FL

May 11, 2013
6:21 PM

Post #9517307

I looked at this weed more carefully and noticed aphids were on it. Do assassin bugs eat aphids?

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 12, 2013
3:56 AM

Post #9517550

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2013
5:34 AM

Post #9517618

Yup...and they think aphids are great snacks too...grin
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

May 12, 2013
9:07 AM

Post #9517849

There also is a good chance that these could be young nymphs of a leaf-footed bug (family Coreidae), as I can see at least two later instar coreid nymphs in this image. Some nymphal coreids are very similar in appearance to assassin bugs at early stages in their development - see http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4933212356_c5b9e87d75.jpg for an example.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2013
11:36 AM

Post #9517972

I was looking at the bug at the top right of the page...I thought the black spots were identifiers for Gminatus australis...do coreid nymphs have the spots also?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andresmoline/8551007582/in/photostream/

Flapdoodle, not questioning your expertise here, but my understanding of characteristic markings...

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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

May 12, 2013
12:37 PM

Post #9518013

@themoonhowl - The dorsal markings on some coreid nymphs - see http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4933212356_c5b9e87d75.jpg and http://bugguide.net/node/view/534554/bgimage for examples - can be quite similar to those of the assassin bug nymphs you looked at.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 13, 2013
5:55 AM

Post #9518744

Ahhh...those sneaky devils...thanks for clearing that up.
ransom3
Zephyrhills, FL

May 14, 2013
1:51 AM

Post #9519768

There are leaf footed bugs around, a lot of them, and they ruin sunflowers and tomatoes. I wonder why they would be congregated on this sickly weed though. The weed must look sickly because of the aphids. I did not see these orange nymphs piercing the plant as I have seen adult leaf foots doing sunflowers.I am going to try for a better picture today, if they are still there.

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