Love finding some of these bugs…just don’t like getting POKED by them.
Juvenile Assassin Bugs…these fellows feed off of other insects…poking them with that stem to inject fluids that then get sucked back out, very much like spiders feed.
At this time the photo was taken, each was only about 3/8 cm long. VERY small…but once full-grown they can be almost 1 inch.
These will molt several times in their lives, shedding each color to show off a new one. I will find them in yellow, orange, red and after that I’m not sure if I’m even looking at the same species anymore. :o)
NE Kansas 6/15 on a VERY hot and muggy day