|Assassin bug nymph, possibly Zelus luridus.
(Assassin bugs can deliver painful bites and should only be handled with care.)
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. 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
- Zelus annulosus
- Z. araneiformis Haviland
- Z. cervicalis
- Z. exsanguis
- Zelus leucogrammus (Perty, 1833)
- Z. longipes (Milkweed Assassin Bug)
- Z. luridus (Pale Green Assassin Bug) Stål, 1862
- Z. renardii (Leafhopper Assassin Bug)
- Z. tetracanthus Stål, 1862
- Heteropteran Systematics Lab @ UCR. "Taxonomic Revision of Zelus Fabricius".
- "Genus Zelus". Retrieved 2008-09-14.
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