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...
CLOSED: is this bug helpful of harmful?
Looks like a young Assassin Bug. They are predatory (eat other bugs, not plants).
Some form of Assassin Bug...they are bug eaters....grasp the victim in their forlegs and suck it dry.
It's a good guy...eats the bad guys....loves aphids.
I believe it's a young Thread Legged Assassin
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.
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 !!!!!!!!!!!
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.