Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 7, 2012 10:07 am
This little bug flew into me at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport @ 3:30 pm on Monday, April 23. The day was partly cloudy & windy in the low 80s. The bug was about 1.25 inches long. It was curious, not aggressive but sensitive to ground vibration (I dropped a screw on the concrete nearby & it reacted). After regaining its bearings, it walked off. I haven’t encountered another one since.
Signature: Jennifer McMullan
Should you ever again encounter a Bee Assassin, you should avoid handling it. Though they are not aggressive towards humans, they are a predatory species with piercing mouthparts that suck fluids from their prey. We have gotten reports of people being bitten by Bee Assassins if they are carelessly handled. We believe your species might be Apiomerus floridensis based on the images posted to BugGuide.