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A couple on our Cone Flower this morning.
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Jun 18, 2019 08:44:32   #
rwilson1942 (a regular here)
 
The bug has been around for a couple of days but always hid when I came out with my camera until today.
Large Milkweed Bug, or something similar?
Large Milkweed Bug, or something similar?...
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So-so shot of a snail on the center of the flower.
So-so shot of a snail on the center of the flower....
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Jun 18, 2019 11:43:35   #
newtoyou (a regular here)
 
rwilson1942 wrote:
The bug has been around for a couple of days but always hid when I came out with my camera until today.


Your bug, rather than a milkweed or other plant feeder, I believe this to be one of the assassin bugs.
They are somewhat of a mimic. Longer, more raptorial front legs hold prey, longer beak.
Confine it with a small insect to find out. They bite man, and it is painful.
Bill

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Jun 18, 2019 11:46:24   #
rwilson1942 (a regular here)
 
newtoyou wrote:
Your bug, rather than a milkweed or other plant feeder, I believe this to be one of the assassin bugs.
They are somewhat of a mimic. Longer, more raptorial front legs hold prey, longer beak.
Confine it with a small insect to find out. They bite man, and it is painful.
Bill


Yep, I had my doubts about the ID.
It does look like one of the assassins.

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Jun 18, 2019 16:43:02   #
napabob (a regular here)
 

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Jun 18, 2019 19:39:27   #
Mark Sturtevant (a regular here)
 
It is the milkweed assassin bug: https://bugguide.net/node/view/218198 Those are pretty cool!

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Jun 19, 2019 05:23:47   #
EnglishBrenda (a regular here)
 
These look fascinating but I have never seen one here.

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Jun 19, 2019 10:23:59   #
sippyjug104 (a regular here)
 
Very nice. Good job.

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Jun 19, 2019 11:53:37   #
docshark (a regular here)
 
Excellent shots Rick.
-Doc

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