This is an adult assassin bug. It flew away while I was photographing
it, so I can absolutely say that this one flies. At least I got a decent
picture before it took off.
I believe that this is an immature assassin bug. See how small the wings
are still? It can't fly yet. They lurk about my
and host plants
in great numbers.
I found this Assassin Bug eating a small bee. It did not like having me
nearby; I chased it round and round the flower with my camera.
This picture has a lot going on!
The elongated pointy white dot
extending left from the leaf is a
sulphur butterfly egg. The little gnat
or fly looks suspiciously like the parasitic wasps that ate my
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (twice).
I'm not sure what creature the assassin bug is eating. If you know,
This picture leads me to ask if anyone knows what this assassin
bug is doing. It sure looks like it's having a sip of nectar from the
flower. I know they eat other bugs. Does it sip nectar
too, or is it searching for a little bug in the flower to slurp on?
This last little picture is a Milkweed Bug. It's to an assassin bug at a glance.
Notice that the Milkweed Bug
has a short beetle head, but the assassin bug has a very long
slender head (that it tucks its proboscis up under.)