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#1 Betta132

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Posted 24 December 2016 - 07:24 PM

Found these guys lurking in a pile of dead twigs. They all started dropping to the ground to hide when they saw me and got into the leaf litter, so this is the only decent photo I could get.

 

Any clue what they are? 

 

I didn't bring any back because I was expecting them to probably bite me if I tried to pick them up, but if it's legal and anybody wants some, I could probably catch a few and ship them. I think I know what the adults look like, and if I'm right, they're pretty. 

 

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#2 Ratmosphere

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 08:44 AM

I couldn't ID them but very nice find. 



#3 charx53

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 11:39 AM

Where did you find them? State?

#4 Betta132

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 01:49 PM

That would be helpful, wouldn't it? 

 

Central Texas, surrounded by scraggly bushes. I'm not sure what they were eating, if anything, there didn't seem to be any other insects nearby. 

 

I did some Googling, and it looks like they might be red milkweed assassin bugs, Zelus longipes. I've seen the adults before, usually in that one area- I'm guessing there are a lot of insects in the bushes for them to eat.



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 04:35 PM

They do look like Zelus longipes. Awesome find.

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 09:31 PM

Agreed with Z. longipes


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