Assassin bugs undergo three stages: egg, nymph (shown above) and adult. The nymphs will molt several times and by summer will reach adult stage and develop wings. These bugs are beneficial to the garden as they feed on a variety of detrimental pests, such as aphids.
Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH (closed until further notice). The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.
Looking for a book on bugs?
The 124 pages, 8 x 8 inch book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box with a package of seeds to start your own version of Patio Life.
Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography‘s book show.
If you plant it – they will come!
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Assassin Bugs (Dysderidae)
Species: Zelus Tetracanthus