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Discovered attempting to hide on bathroom sink handle at night, though bathroom light had been left on.

Barely reacted to attempts to capture it at all. No flying. No jumping. Just really slow crawling.

Found Eastern US. 2017/11/18

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  • $\begingroup$ Please update question time of year it was found. If you have a better picture, please upload that, too. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 4:33
  • $\begingroup$ looks like the nymph of some species of Hemipteran. Hold on... $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 4:34

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The photo is not high quality, but the shape and size of the insect definitely point towards it being the nymph of some species of assassin bug (order hemiptera, family Reduviidae).

See this as an example:

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Specifically, your specimen looks similar to one found in a home in Virginia.

The genus is likely Zelus, and based on it's greenish hue, I'd say it's an individual of the eastern US's most common species of Zelus, Zelus luridus (Pale Green Assassin Bug).

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Source: Christine Hanrahan

  • Nymphs are solid green, wingless, and with narrow bodies

    The most reliable feature to distinguish this species from others is the pair of spines on the rear corners of the pronotum. These spines are long on the lighter colored individuals and shorter on ones that are darker. It can also be distinguished by dark bands on the distal ends of the femurs, but these can often be too light to be easily seen. [Source].


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