Bug of the Week: Bee Assassin

The name says it all for this insect. It is the yellow-bellied bee assassin bug (Apiomerus flaviventris). This species seems to be found most commonly in Arizona. It waits for bees to land on flowers and then grabs them.

yellow bellied bee assassin bug

Colorful isn't it?  Thanks to Deb for suggesting the trip to the garden where we saw this.

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