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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Jul 17, 2016 9:56 AM CST
What is this bug on my Sunflowers. I have several of them. Are they bad or good?
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jul 17, 2016 9:32 PM CST
That looks like one of the assassin bugs, but not sure which species. It may be one of the stages of the WheelBug.

https://www.google.com/search?q=assassin+bug+on+sunflower&rl...
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Rainbow
Jul 17, 2016 10:10 PM CST
In looking at the long legs and very long antennas I figured it to be a predator. Moonhowl's i.d. and link cinched it for me. It is a predator of garden pests so are very beneficial in the garden... http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/ben...
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 18, 2016 6:34 AM CST
It resembles the nymph in the second picture on this page:
https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-ass...
Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
Jul 18, 2016 7:05 AM CST
Thank You! So it looks like I should welcome it into my garden then.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 18, 2016 9:12 AM CST
Welcome them, yes. But do not touch as their bite is more painful than a wasp sting.
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Jul 18, 2016 9:16 AM CST
Usually its only the shield bugs(stinkbugs) you find on sunflowers, congratulations!
kitt

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