Pest: Assassin Bug (Zelus renardii)
Pest Type: Beneficial Insect
Major Identifying Features: Adults and nymphs are slender, colorful insects, often blackish, reddish, brown, long legs, long narrow head, round beady eyes, 3-segmented needle-like beak, 3/4 inch, barrel-shaped eggs, dark brown with a white cap, adults are poor fliers
Life Cycle: Incomplete metamorphosis
Pest Rating: Beneficial!
Management Rating: Beneficial!
Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Are commonly found on row and tree crops
Support Information/Common Prey: Predaceous on a wide variety of small to medium-sized insects including caterpillars, leafhoppers, other bugs, aphids, beneficial insects such as lacewings
Management/Attraction Options: Not commercially available for biological controls