Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Question of the Week – Assassin bug

Posted by romeethredge on October 23, 2015

Last week I had a photo of one of the prettiest assassin bugs I’ve ever seen. Of course I love seeing interesting insects and this is one of the good guys as he’s a beneficial insect. It’s a real predator. I’ve seen them taking out caterpillars that were eating up cotton leaves. They unfold their mouthparts and jab into the caterpillars. They have a paralyzing toxin they use to immobilize their prey.

Don’t mess with them or they can bite you, too.

This one looks like he has a face on his back with a large nose.

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This week I have a plant identification question for you. What is this small tree, and what is the famous use for the flowers?

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