COMMON NAME: Bee Assassin
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Apiomerus spissipes
Click on either photo to enlarge. Both photos taken 10 May 2012.
In these photos, two Bee Assassin bugs have attacked a honey bee, and seem to be mating at the same time.
In this first photo you can see a clear view of the back of the Bee Assassin.
This photo shows a clear view of a Bee Assassin face, and also shows the bee that has been attacked.
They are on a flower head of the Antelope Horns plant, which is a milkweed. This is in the full sun area of the property, among many wild-growing native plants and grasses.