Pests and Diseases forum: Leaf-footed bug nymph? Assassin bug nymph?

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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias Garden Procrastinator
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Intheswamp
May 27, 2018 3:39 PM CST
I've found pictures on the net that show this bug as being both the nymph of the leaf-footed bug and also of the Assassin bug. I'm tending to lean towards the leaf-footed bug. Thumbs down But, am I correct? They are on some blueberries just a few feet from the vegetable garden and would like to nip them in the bud if they're no friend of mine. Thanks for your help!!!! Ed

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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 27, 2018 3:50 PM CST
I think they are leaf-footed bugs and those are great pictures - but can you get a picture of one upside down to be sure? A leaf-footed bug would have a long "beak" underneath, against the body if it is not feeding. I think I can see that in your pictures but I'm not absolutely certain.
Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias Garden Procrastinator
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Intheswamp
May 27, 2018 6:54 PM CST
I went back through the pictures that I had taken and the three I posted really give the best view of the "beak". Does the "beak" extend back almost to the rear end of the bug? I can't really get another picture as I ended up giving them all a bath with Dawn dish washing soap. I had looked further and decided these were leaf-footed bug nymphs. I needed to make a decision about them before the Alberto rains got here and scattered them out. Hopefully I was hopefully I made the correct one. Confused
"My old socks smell like cilantro..."
South Alabama - 8a/8b
The Enchanted Land of Humidity
www.beeweather.com
2017 Garden Photo Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1zSVfK
“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”
― Rod Serling
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
May 27, 2018 8:15 PM CST
Yes, the beak is long. I thought I could see it in your pics but just wanted to make sure. Here's one I found on Google that shows it.

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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias Garden Procrastinator
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Intheswamp
May 28, 2018 7:22 AM CST
Thank you, Sue. I think the ID is good. I started counting legs, too, and on some of the nymphs it would go to 7 if you counted the "leg" seen close beneath the body. I see several of them with that "beak" held beneath them...surprising how long it is!! Something else I see is that the leaf-footed bug nymphs have a blocky- shaped head and the assassin has a smaller and more movable head...probably more suitable for attacking and holding and eating prey. Also the assassin appears to have a sprinkling of fine white specks on its back that LSB nymph appears not to have. I had misidentified a single one earlier. I think I've got a good idea about there ID now. Thanks for the feedback!!!
"My old socks smell like cilantro..."
South Alabama - 8a/8b
The Enchanted Land of Humidity
www.beeweather.com
2017 Garden Photo Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1zSVfK
“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”
― Rod Serling

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