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Hands Up! - Apiomerus montanus

Hands Up! - Apiomerus montanus
Salt Lake City, UT, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
July 3, 2005
Size: 8mm
Shot at Red Butte Gardens. Just landed here. His front legs raised when I moved around him.

Another puzzle...
Unfortunately I have the same problem here as mentioned with cazieri. No mention of Apiomerus montanus in Henry and Froeschner's catalog (1988) or Costa Lima's revision (1951). I can't find a literature record for this species either.

This does look similar to A. repletus (=A. elatus??) but the catalog mentions that from CA only and there are some that look similar to this in the UM museum under either spissipes or crassipes or crassipes/spissipes intermediates (I forget which, if I were venture a guess, it'd be crassipes). Again I'm a bit skeptical with both the validity of this species and the reliability of the museum IDs for this genus.

Moved from Apiomerus.

assassin bug
This is an assasin bug, and I think the genus is Apiomerus, maybe A. crassipes?

A different bee assassin,
Apiomerus spissipes perhaps, with that red jacket (although there are apparently some other species we don't have identified yet). Compare this one:

A. crassipes has more black, less red on its body:

Milkweed Assassin is a much daintier creature:

I concur.
It does look like an assassin bug, although the spiney/hairy legs aren't something I see very commonly. Possibly a milkweed assassin.
They can bite, and I hear it is painful. But with the exception of an allergic reaction, it isn't dangerous.

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