Assassin Bug
Zelus tetracanthus

assassin bug
This hairy little Assassin Bug stood out among these white flowers on the west side of  Antelope Island.  He hated
being photographed and made every attempt to elude my camera.  © Carol Davis, 6-22-2008


Assassin bug
Assassin Bug waiting for prey on the top of a bush on Antelope Island.  Just happened to spot this one from my car while browsing the
sides of the road for small butterflies.  These bugs will eat anything they can catch and on Antelope Island there are lots of available
snacks.  They have a painful bite so they should not be handled.  © Carol Davis, 8-26-07

head of the assassin
The black arrow shows the sucking mouth part that
loops back down towards the body.  These Assassins
 could have been the stars of 1950's monster movies.

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