Black & Red Beetle-ish Thing
July 14, 2010
Photographed this guy in my friend Ellen’s garden, off Rt. 53 just south of Charlottesville, VA, last month (June). Wondering if you can tell me what it is… Thanks!
Charlottesville, VA

Bee Assassin

Hi Kathy,
True Bugs like your Bee Assassin,
Apiomerus crassipes, can be distinguished from beetles by their piercing and sucking mouthparts as opposed to the chewing mouthparts of beetles.  Bee Assassins get their common name from their habit of waiting on flowers for bees and other pollinating insects to arrive, only to quickly become a meal.

Wow, Daniel! Thanks for the quick reply! I appreciate it…

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