Photography by Josh Hillman

Species: Zelus longipes (assassin bug)
Rhoden Cove, Lake Jackson
Tallahassee, FL     May 15, 2005

The assassin bugs, though diverse in appearance, all wait for an unsuspecting insect to wander too close. If one does, the assassin bug impales it with its long pronotum ("beak") and sucks the life out of it.

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© 2005 Josh Hillman

Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100; 1/250sec @ f/22
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal length: 100mm
Flash: Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX