Insects and Spiders - native

Zelus renardii (leafhopper assassin bug) on Mar 19, 2024

Originally reported as Ligurian Leafhopper (Eupteryx decemnotata)

Submitter does not have a specimen

Description of specimen

leaf hopper assassin bug


Thank you for your report! That is indeed the "leafhopper assassin bug", Zelus renardii. It's not Ligurian leafhopper, an entirely different sort of bug and an introduced pest. The assassin bugs are native beneficial insects -- they eat leafhoppers! Thanks for being on the lookout!

Tom Valente
March 20, 2024, 9:37 a.m.