|Assassin bug nymph - Mark Bower|
|Prominent spines on pronotum - Mike Quinn|
|Z. luridis nymph - Mark Bower|
Both adults and nymphs prey on a wide variety of insects such as weevils and leafhoppers but much of their diet is lepidoptera larvae including butterfly caterpillars and many economic pests such as cotton bollworm. They can be considered "good" or "bad" from our perspective but as usual, it depends, and they don't seem to care what we think.
|Adult luncheon date|
|A leafhoppers nightmare, Z. luridis egg mass and hatchlings - bugeric.blogspot.com|
* Bugeric's blog is a great place to check for insect lore. He is the author of my favorite insect field guide, Kaufman's Field Guide to Insects of North America.