California Bee Assassin
( Apiomerus californicus )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Apiomerus californicus
(Berniker & Szerlip ,2011 )
Common Name:California Bee Assassin
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Heteroptera
Family:Reduviidae
Subfamily:Harpactorinae
Genus:Apiomerus
Taxon Code:HET00068

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
BSA Camp Rancho Los Mochos, BSA Camp Rancho Los Mochos, 18450 Mines Rd., Livermore
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01080125

RECOGNITION
Description
Generally black with the corium reddish near the costal margin and fading caudad or uniformly bright red. Posterior pronotal margin and lateral connexival margin usually pale. Easily distinguished from A. cazieri and A. flaviventris in southern California by color pattern. The more similarly colored A. crassipes and A. montanus are not sympatric with A. californicus. This species exhibits a lower degree of polychromatism than other species of Apiomerus found in the United States.
Body Length
Males: 14.2-15.2 mm. Females: 15.3-16.6 mm.

BIOLOGY
Habitat
Seems to occur in coastal regions and coastal mountain ranges. Collected from sea level up to 1997 meters.
Range
California and Baja California, Mexico. An indeterminate locality in Oregon is mentioned though the northern extent of the range remains to be seen.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Apiomerus californicus - California Bee Assassin. (bugguide.net/node/view/293123). Accessed May 31, 2016. .


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