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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 1, 2013 12:22 PM CST
Do we have a Bug ID forum? I am posting here because these bugs are always on my Plumeria. They seem to do no harm, possibly doing some good, like, eating aphids? I just want to know what they are? All I could find is a small one. The largest one I have seen are at least 3 times this size but then we always grow them bigger in Texas. What is is? And most importantly is it harmful?

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 1, 2013 12:45 PM CST

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This is an assassin bug and he is a good guy Smiling
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 1, 2013 12:51 PM CST
Thank you, Hetty. I have a small Army of Assassins!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 1, 2013 6:36 PM CST
That is a juvenile leaf-footed bug. They are not good bugs.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 1, 2013 6:37 PM CST
Ut oh! which is it? Left Footed bug or Assassin bug?? I don't see any damage to my trees.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 2, 2013 3:34 AM CST

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I am sticking by my ID.
Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
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ilovejesus99
Oct 3, 2013 10:40 PM CST
I agree with Assassin bug I have them all over and no damage. I leave them alone to do their job.
Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
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ilovejesus99
Oct 3, 2013 10:43 PM CST
I agree with Assassin bug I have them all over and no damage. I leave them alone to do their job.

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 4, 2013 4:59 PM CST
Here is a better picture leading me to believe it is a Leaf Footed Bug, complete with a black, spiky butt. They are here and there but not in herds or swarms. What do you all think? I will the smash the next one I see!!


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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 4, 2013 5:56 PM CST
Yep, I think it's a leaf footed bug nymph, too. Assassin bugs have a long sharp proboscis that they assassinate other bugs with.
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