Nymph of an assassin bug

7188.       Hi, and thank you for helping with this. On our apple tree today (4-28-2021) in Rochester , NY I saw two of these “pollinator assassins” capturing, killing and then ?sucking body fluid from small pollinators. What can you tell me about them and about the range of harm to pollination? Thank you! Honeoye Falls, New York United States

Number 7188.  This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) in the genus Zelus. These are opportunistic predators on any other small invertebrates (usually other insects) that they are able to capture. Although they are quite widespread and common, they are unlikely to have a significant impact on pollinator populations.  Assassin Bug Detailed Information