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Species Apiomerus flaviventris - Yellow-bellied Bee Assassin

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Harpactorinae
Genus Apiomerus
Species flaviventris (Yellow-bellied Bee Assassin)
Explanation of Names
Apiomerus flaviventris Herrich-Schaeffer, 1848
flaviventris (L). 'yellow-bellied'
Males: 15.2-18.0 mm. Females: 17.0-19.9 mm.
Sympatric with the following members of the crassipes group (separated by genitalia): A. californicus, A. cazieri, A. montanus, and A. spissipes. Easily separated from A. californicus and A. montanus by their black coloration. Separated from A. cazieri and A. spissipes by its bright coloration and bright yellow abdominal venter. A. flaviventris is also much larger than A. cazieri.
sw US (s.CA-w.TX, CO, s.NV) / Mex. - Map (1)(2), mostly s.CA-AZ-s.NV
This species exhibits a high level of polychromatism although in the United States the color pattern is fairly uniform (3).
The female collects resin from plants and applies it to freshly laid eggs as a defensive substance.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
3.Revision of the crassipes and pictipes species groups of Apiomerus Hahn (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Harpactorinae)
Berniker L., Szerlip S., Forero D., Weirauch C. 2011. Zootaxa 2949: 1–113.