Assassin Bug

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

Sources:

http://www.ipm.ucanr.edu

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