Assassin bug or leaf footed bug nymphs?

jds0901July 8, 2014

Can someone ID these for me? I found them on the leaves of a zucchini plant. Last year I saw some similar nymphs, thought they were wheelbug nymphs, and about a week later was overrun by leaf footed bugs.

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jds0901

This is just another picture of the same bugs.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 8:54AM
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jds0901

Just bumping this back up so someone might see it...

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 4:54PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm sorry....I could have sworn that I answered this a few days ago! I must not have hit the 'send' button.

Looks like more leaf footed bugs nymphs, to me.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 12:18AM
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LKZZ(7b)

Assassin bug nymph.

Leaf footed nymphs have the characteristic leaf footed look just like the adults.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:42PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Lkzz, you need to recheck your images. :-) Truthfully, I cannot think of a single truebug species in which the nymph looks like the adult.

Though the nymph of some assassin bugs are very similar to that of the leaffooted bug nymph, whenever I see those dots on the back of the red nymph, I think of LFB.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 11:13PM
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HighlanderNorth

They appear to be Leaf Footed nymphs, and below is a link showing pictures and identification:

We used to see Wheelbugs(assassin bugs) in our
garden and around the house(never indoors though). They had an early nymph stage that appeared orange, but only the far rear abdomen as orange, with the forward half on the thorax and head black.

http://thecitrusguy.blogspot.com/2012/06/you-put-your-leaf-foot-in.html

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 4:19PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

They do remind me of juvenile assassin bugs. Last year I had a herd of them on my Korean Dark Green peppers (and sometimes on the Thais) that seemed to be tended by adults. Strangest bug behavior that I've seen in the garden. The peppers, or course, suffered not at all.

Dennis

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 9:55PM
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