Pale Green Assassin Bug

Zelus luridus

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Pale green assassin bug on a leaf
The pale green assassin bug (Zelus luridus) is green. The wings may be tan or brown. There are a pair of spines on the back corners of the shieldlike shoulder plate.
Family

Reduviidae (assassin bugs) in the order Hemiptera (true bugs)

Description

The pale green assassin bug, Zelus luridus, is one of nearly 200 species of assassin bugs in North America. The body is green. The wings may be tan or brown. The leg joints are often reddish. There are a pair of spines on the back corners of the shieldlike shoulder plate. The species name, luridus, means "lurid" in the sense of sallow or ghastly. Learn more about this and other members of the assassin bug family on their family page.

Size

Length: to about ¾ inch.