Insect identification- orange body, black legs

elstenJuly 11, 2007

I'd love some help identifying this insect. I found some on my cucumber leaves this afternoon.

Photos can be found here:

Also, does anybody know of a good online identification tool AND a good identification book/field book?

Thanks for your help!

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I'm not sure what it is, but I looked up cucumber pests and didn't see that one on there

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 11:47PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It's too distant for a certain identification, but it looks like one of the assassin bug nymphs (babies), which are helpful predators in the garden. I've been finding lots of wheelbug (a type of assassin bug) nymphs in my perennial garden of late.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2007 at 11:35AM
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Doesn't look like there's any damage (yet) so maybe its benign. Go to and click on the Bug Files to see lots of photos of bugs

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 5:55PM
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bluebars(7 MD)

Assassin Bug. Google it to see more pics, and don't mess with it. I've been bitten (stabbed) by them; they have a beak that they use to stab their prey. It hurt!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 1:11PM
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