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Two days in a row, when I went to my mailbox there was a Zelus nymph — a young assassin bug — on the handle. Each time, I gently lowered the door on the box, trying not to disturb the unique creature that graced my front yard. Each day, it was a different species, too! One day it was the red one shown below, Zelus longipes. The other day it was a smaller, little green guy, Zelus luridus. While some say they look like their adult forms (due to incomplete metamorphosis), I could not find these nymphs in any of my insect books because there is no ADULT insect that has this body shape. My research began by googling “skinny bug”! 😀

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American Insects: Zelus longipesZelus luridus
Reduviidae: Assassin Bugs (Austin Bug Collection)
Bug Eric blog — Nature at Close Range blog
Arthropods of Maine (blog page on Z. luridus)
Featured Creatures: Zelus longipes
Beneficials in the Garden (mostly on Zelus longipes)

This unique Superfamily of insects, the Cercopoidea, has nymphs that encase themselves in what looks like spit (= spittlebugs) in order to protect them from heat and cold as well as from predators and parasites. The young insects use plant juices to make their own acrid concoctions. As adults, these insects can hop many times their length, thus gaining them the alternative name, Froghoppers. Click the links below the pic for more pics and info on these resourceful bugs!

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iNaturalist: Spittlebugs
The Bug Guide
Encyclopedia of Life

Did you know that only adult female flies are pesky? The males do nothing annoying, they just sip nectar and reproduce.

And of the 1550+ species of true flies (order Diptera), only about 40 species “bug” us humans at all!

Insect Order: Diptera

How Do Cicadas Make Noise?
Click the pic to find out!

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Periodic Cicada Video

Snow Fleas are not fleas at all but useful tiny springtails!

Find out more!
FCPS: Snow Fleas
WIRED: Snow Fleas

Snow Fleas!