“Creepy”

Creepy or not?

Sometimes what seems creepy might not be…

Take a moment to think about this fellow- the Leafhopper Assassin Bug (Zelus renardii)…

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Although it looks pretty creepy to see the Small Ashy Gray Ladybird Beetle skewered…

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Consider this

The loss of an occasional beneficial garden insect, like this lady beetle, is outweighed by the positive net impact Assassin Bugs have as effective predators. This species of generalist feeders are long-lived, often surviving more than one season, and consume a lot during their lifetimes. They prey on a broad range of insects including pests such as: leafhoppers, aphids, caterpillars, mosquitoes, and mites.

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Assassin bugs are aptly named. They often wait in hiding and ambush their prey. Like all true bugs- they have piercing, sucking mouthparts(collectively called a beak). This beak is used to puncture and pump salivary secretions into the  prey’s body. The secretions quickly immobilize prey and dissolve internal tissues. This process enables the assassin bug to use its beak to extract body fluids from their prey for food.

Is this creepy?  

Or…

Is it simply one of Nature’s processes for controlling pests that can reduce or prevent the need for really creepy man-made chemical pesticides?


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”

3 comments

    1. Thanks for the welcome back, Ken.
      It is great to be rebuilding my connections again!
      We had a family reunion at our home in honor of our grand daughter’s first birthday (and my not-first birthday).

      My husband and I went into big-time action getting those put-off projects done before the guests started arriving…
      4 tons of paver stones, 1.5 tons of sand and gravel (US weight… metric???) either way a lot… and two new patio spaces built. We also constructed a dandy swing so she can look forward to that whenever she comes 🙂

      All went wonderfully! Can’t imagine a more perfect visit with family and close friends.
      ~Jane

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