Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Assassin bugs and those like them are not my favorite

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Feb 14, 2010 10:35 PM CST
The leaf footed assassin bug is one that lurks in wait of a number of food sources; one of which is the caterpillars and small butterflies.
Some people like having them because they eat the bad insects also, but I am not one of them.

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Butterflies Garden Art
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Sheila_FW
Feb 14, 2010 11:22 PM CST
This is a wheel bug...nasty bite from what I read.

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Feb 15, 2010 8:09 PM CST
Yeah, those assassin bugs and the like are bad news for butterflies! They hide out on blooms and stab unsuspecting butterflies.

Here's a Pale Banded Crescent being eaten by an AB.

~ Cat

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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TexasPuddyPrint
Feb 15, 2010 8:11 PM CST
...and here's a Brazilian Skipper that an AB got.

~ Cat

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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TexasPuddyPrint
Feb 15, 2010 8:13 PM CST
...a White Peacock. These are big butterflies compared to that little AB...but go figure - seems no butterfly is safe.

~ Cat

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Feb 15, 2010 8:14 PM CST
This view shows just how big the White Peacock is compared to the vicious pitbull of an assassin bug!

~ Cat

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Butterflies Garden Art
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Sheila_FW
Feb 16, 2010 8:43 PM CST
Yeah Cat....I was hoping you would come along and post your fantastic but gruesome pictures. Hurray!

Post away...there are butterfly lovers that need to know. I'm all ears!
Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Feb 16, 2010 8:54 PM CST
Am still trying to get used to the forums on here - have to admit I get lost easily!!! Also moved all my butterfly photos to an external drive because they were taking up way too much space on my computer hard drive :o) then to top it off I screwed up the graphic program I use and haven't gotten around to re-installing it.

Once I get up and running properly I will post a variety of my Dr Death photos :o)

~ Cat
My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Butterflies Garden Art
Ponds Dog Lover Hummingbirder Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America
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Sheila_FW
Feb 16, 2010 8:56 PM CST
Just don't loose those photos! You have a wealth of great ones. Look forward to your posting.
Name: A.M.

angele
Feb 23, 2010 9:58 PM CST
new information for me... so what do you do about them? I've never seen many .. so hand pick them off??
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Butterflies Garden Art
Ponds Dog Lover Hummingbirder Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America
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Sheila_FW
Feb 24, 2010 8:10 AM CST
I have a jar of soapy water with a wide lid I keep out in the garden. As I walk around and see these and MW bugs, I will thump the off into there. I didn't see many either until last year. I kept seeing them on my deck of all places. I figured they had gotten under there for the winter and started a family.
Name: A.M.

angele
Feb 24, 2010 8:25 AM CST
now why didn't I think of that? Excellent plan.
Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Feb 25, 2010 9:43 PM CST
I'm with Sheila but I take more offensive tactics!!! *

I save up those wide-mouthed plastic bottles too. When I'm actively looking for predators or harvesting seeds I'll start off by pouring a little bit of alcohol or insectide into the bottle. It's easy enough to unscrew the top of the bottle and tap the bug into it then screw it back closed again and give it a few shakes to give the bug a good coating of death!!!

Those sport juice type bottles have nice wide mouths.

* Used to use soapy water to be ecologically friendly but some of those bugs can float around alive on the backs of others for days!
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