Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Like many predator species in the garden this summer, the assassin bugs (these are Zelus renardii) have not been plentiful. I like to think this is due to the large hunting wasp populations which may have both preyed upon these other predators and snapped up the majority of available prey. However I have no proof except my own heresay.
On a recent misty morning I found a freshly molted adult. In this picture this individual with its unhardened celadon exoskeleton forms a triad with its cast-off shed and another younger assassin bug among the angular branches and leaves of the acacia iteaphylla.