I have been seeing the creature above around our creek house the last few weeks. Although it is only 1/2 inch long, I can now recognize it by the distinctive color and slow direct flight, usually only going a few feet before landing. The distinctive shape and snout is typical of an assassin bug.
Searching Bugguide.net for 'assassin bugs' I paged through the images until I found one with the distinctive banded legs. This was in the genus Pselliopus, and the 'info' site gave a key to the species. Clicking on the choices, up jumped pictures of Pselliopus barberi species, a perfect match. (It isn't always this easy but that is the fun.) The 'info' page says the Pselliopus comes from the Greek psellion 'anklet/bracelet' + pous 'foot', a reference to the banded legs.
|Sucking juices of a tobacco horn worm - James VanCleave|
|Mating P. barberi - Matthew Roth|
|Just looking good! Shelly Cox of MoBugs|
What is this which is coming next week to the blog?