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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: is this bug helpful of harmful?

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callacrazy
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2005
7:54 PM

Post #1523517

Iv'e just stated seeing this bug yesterday, and i shot it with some 3-in-1 oil just in case it was harmful. Well, i just noticed it again ON THE SAME PLANT, maybe it didn't die? I'm really not sure what the plant is either, it's a weed i think, i just kind of let it live with the iris i planted. anywayz the bug has a red body with black "saddle bags" at his waist, and black legs. He also has an interesting nosey thing...

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callacrazy
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2005
7:56 PM

Post #1523522

here's another pic of unknown bug...

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 5, 2005
8:48 PM

Post #1523650

looks predatory to me rather than herbivore
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 5, 2005
11:35 PM

Post #1524011

Looks like a young Assassin Bug. They are predatory (eat other bugs, not plants).

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


June 6, 2005
1:29 AM

Post #1524274

Some form of Assassin Bug...they are bug eaters...grasp the victim in their forlegs and suck it dry.
Elena
Middle, TN
(Zone 6b)

June 6, 2005
1:32 AM

Post #1524279

YUCK!!!!! LOL!
callacrazy
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 6, 2005
2:34 AM

Post #1524414

so is it helpful... or should i smack it?

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


June 6, 2005
3:11 AM

Post #1524571

It's a good guy...eats the bad guys...loves aphids.

I believe it's a young Thread Legged Assassin
Elena
Middle, TN
(Zone 6b)

June 6, 2005
3:25 AM

Post #1524603

I have never killed them but didn't know that they were GOOD bugs. Ya know, it would make it better if the "good guys wore white hats", wouldn't it? That way we would know which ones to kill.
kipper2
Meadows Place, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 1, 2005
3:29 AM

Post #1590290

These guys are nortorious for eating Monarch Cats so if you're growing Milkweed for the food supply...pinch them little bods between thumb and foreinger !!!!!!!!!!!
gregr18
Bridgewater, MA
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2005
5:40 AM

Post #1590468

I agree it is an assassin bug nymph, Genus Zelus. They are very good bugs, and I wouldn't smack it, but if you do, make sure you are wearing gloves because they can be aggressive when disturbed and deliver a nasty bite.

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