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Bug of the Week: Assassin Bug Nymph on Yellow Bells

Can you spot the insect hiding in the yellow bells flowers?

It is probably waiting for an insect to stop by the flowers to gather nectar and pollen.

It is an assassin bug nymph...

...waiting for its next meal.

It is a nymph rather than an adult because its wings are not fully formed yet. You can see the wing buds along the sides of the thorax (midsection).

Photograph of adult

(Assassin Bug Egg Mass by Jim Kalisch, UNL Entomology)

The adult will lay eggs similar to these to start the cycle all over again.

Are insects still active where you live?

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