Insect and Bug ID forum→Assassin bug

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Name: Zoƫ
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
Bookworm Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Jun 12, 2020 6:20 PM CST
This handsome devil is called a Yellow-bellied Bee Assassin (Apiomerus flaviventris), and is reputed to catch bees, but I've seen them catch flies and spiders and other insects. So it's sort of like the praying mantis--sometimes a friend, sometimes not, but always a hunter. Cool markings, eh?

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For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.

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