HEMIPTERA (TRUE BUG)
Piercing and sucking mouthparts - or rostrum - are what differentiate True Bugs from the rest and this means that the insects generally fed on plants as a natural diet. Around 12,000 such species are recognized in North America alone. These bugs can be found on land and in the water and have thick wings kept close to the body. A prominent identification feature is the triangular-shaped scutellum located on the thorax aft of the protonum. The Hemiptera order covers True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, and related insects.
Common Name: "Assassin Bug (Z. luridus)"
Scientific Name: Zelus luridus
TAXONOMIC BREAKDOWN: The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Zelus luridus.
Antenna: Antenna are noticeably apparent on this insect.
Biting: This insect is known to bite. Exercise caution.
Caution: Caution should be exercised around this insect.
Harmful: Known to be harmful in one way or another.
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Piercing / Sucking Mouth Parts: A common trait of 'True Bugs'.
Six-Legged: Six legs are common to this insect.
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.
The Assassin Bug (Z. luridus) has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:
The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.
Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Assassin Bug (Z. luridus). Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.
0.47 inches (12 mm)
0.71 inches (18 mm)
Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Assassin Bug (Z. luridus). Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.
The Assassin Bug (Z. luridus) can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
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