Nymph of an assassin bug

6678.      Taken 23rd of September. In the past few days I’ve repeatedly found bug bites with small white tubes that were easily pulled out. Now, I found this bug acting dead and not moving in any way to the point that I picked it up with needles under the wings to stage a photograph. It did not move until I opened the door, and it merely walked a few steps, shook it’s head, and “died” again. I am very puzzled, please help! Owen Sound, ON. Canada


Number 6678.  This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) in the genus Zelus. If this one were to bite you, you would know it as it is very painful. Click here for more detailed information.