August 5, 2010 by allthingsbiological
The yellow-bellied bee assassin (Apiomerus flaviventris) lives in open habitats where it preys on insects associated with shrubs and flowers. Females cover their eggs with a turpentine-like resin, which they gather from plants with their forelegs.
Assassin bugs (Family Reduviidae) are medium to large insects that are active predators. Most are elongate, possessing an obvious “snout” with well developed tubular (piercing-sucking) mouthparts that point backward, originating at the front of the “snout.” As usual click or double-click for varying degrees of magnification.
The majority of assassin bugs are black, brown or gray.
Pselliopus barbari is one of six species of zebra-striped assassin bugs.
A small number of assassin bugs are lighlly built. Note the obvious tubular mouthparts originating at the front of the head.