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Photo#73198
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
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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