Zelus (genus)

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Assassin bug nymph.jpg
Assassin bug nymph, possibly Zelus luridus.
(Assassin bugs can deliver painful bites and should only be handled with care.)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Cimicomorpha
Superfamily: Reduvioidea
Family: Reduviidae
Subfamily: Harpactorinae
Tribe: Harpactorini
Genus: Zelus
Fabricus, 1803

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A Zelus genus nymph from the Southeastern United States.

Zelus is a genus of assassin bug family (Reduviidae), in the subfamily Harpactorinae. There are currently 60 described species, most of which are found in Central and South America.[1] Five species are present in North America.

Some species have been investigated for their potential as biocontrol agents in integrated pest management. Zelus is also known for a sticky trap predation strategy. Sticky resin produced from a leg gland is smeared on hairs to aid in prey capture. This is somewhat analogous to the carnivorous plant sundew.

Partial list of Species[edit]


  1. ^ Heteropteran Systematics Lab @ UCR. "Taxonomic Revision of Zelus Fabricius". 

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