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Species Apiomerus flaviventris - Yellow-bellied Bee Assassin

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Classification
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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apiomerus flaviventris Herrich-Schaeffer, 1848
Explanation of Names
Latin, flavus, yellow, golden; Latin, venter, stomach, belly.
Size
Males: 15.2-18.0 mm. Females: 17.0-19.9 mm.
Identification
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.
Range
Known from Arizona and California. Also occurs in Mexico.
Remarks
This species exhibits a high level of polychromatism although in the United States the color pattern is fairly uniform (1).
Works Cited
1.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.