I found this Assassin bug today at school and brought him home for a photo shoot.  At first I thought it was a nymph due to its small size but I now believe it is an adult, based on the fact I see wings, in the Genus Zelus. Assassin bugs in the genus Zelus are known for their slender bodies and danty appearance.  I even think this may be Zelus luridus.  Assassin Bugs are beneficial predators and should be welcomed in your garden.
*UPDATE- Thank you vws007, I agree that this is probably Zelus renardii after looking at bugguide.  I was pretty close!  That would make this guy, specifically the Leafhopper Assassin!

I found this Assassin bug today at school and brought him home for a photo shoot.  At first I thought it was a nymph due to its small size but I now believe it is an adult, based on the fact I see wings, in the Genus Zelus. Assassin bugs in the genus Zelus are known for their slender bodies and danty appearance.  I even think this may be Zelus luridus.  Assassin Bugs are beneficial predators and should be welcomed in your garden.

*UPDATE- Thank you vws007, I agree that this is probably Zelus renardii after looking at bugguide.  I was pretty close!  That would make this guy, specifically the Leafhopper Assassin!

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  10. vws007 said: I think Z. luridus is typically an Eastern US Species. My guess would be Zelus renardii.
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