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Species Apiomerus crassipes - 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
No Taxon (crassipes species group)
Species crassipes (Bee Assassin)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Reduvius linitaris Say 1832
Herega rubrolimbata Amyot & Serville 1843
Explanation of Names
Apiomerus crassipes (Fabricius 1803)
crassipes = Latin, 'thick-footed'
Size
♂ 12.2-18.3 mm, ♀ 14.8-20.1 mm(1)
Identification
A medium-sized, flattened, assassin bug with mostly black body, orange or reddish margins. Body has prominent upright hairs.(2)
Sympatric with A. floridensis in peninsular Florida and elsewhere with A. spissipes but easily distinguished by its black coloration. Range does not overlap with other blackish species (A. californicus and A. montanus) which were previously included under A. crassipes.
Range
In the United States, east of 100°W(1)
Remarks
Common. Exhibits a low degree of polychromatism, however there is a large variation in size. Smallest specimens occur in the southeast and the larger specimens are found in the north and west.
Print References
Bouseman, J.K. 1976. Biological observations of Apiomerus crassipes (F.) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist, vol. 52, pp. 178-179. (Full Text)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the crassipes and pictipes species groups of Apiomerus Hahn (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Harpactorinae)
L. Berniker, S. Szerlip, D. Forero, C. Weirauch. 2011. Zootaxa 2949: 1–113.
2.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.