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Old 10-09-2012, 11:16 AM   #1
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I don't know where to begin an ID on this strange creature. I found it on a cabinet drawer in the kitchen a few days ago. We've been taking plants in and out of the house because of the freezing nighttime temperatures so I suspect it came in that way.

The first photo is a macro with my camera. The rest of the photos were taken with a small microscope. The actual size of it is about 1/4 inch body length.

The third photo shows a long 'snout' pointing straight down from the front of it's head. In the fourth photo you can see it tucked up underneath it's head. It was able to extend this 'snout' straight forward from it's head, but I didn't get a photo of that. It looks like it could be used for puncturing/sucking it's food.

The last photo is a closeup of it's eye, which seems to look like it might be some sort of compound eye.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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That is a very young assassin insect. I don't know the species or genus though. The adult stages can have an awful bite to them.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:43 PM   #3
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Looks like Zelus luridus - http://freepages.misc.rootsweb.ances...dus%29%201.jpg
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the cautionary note and the ID. In addition to the photos the distribution and habitat requirements seem to match up nicely.
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