This attractively colored assassin bug makes its living by ambushing bees and other insects. The Bee Assassin Bug uses the flower’s unique, insect attracting power to its advantage. When an unsuspecting bee lands on a flower to collect nectar, the Bee Assassin Bug will attack. The assassin bug will use its piercing mouth parts to inject the bee with a potion designed to immobilize and liquefy the hapless insect.

Be careful around these bugs. They are reported to give a nasty and painful bite when disturbed.

Observation Details

CountyDenton
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CityThe Colony
DateMay 8, 2011
Time of DayMorning
TemperatureWarm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
WeatherClear
HabitatAgricultural-Pasture
Type of BehaviorHunting
GenderUncertain
MaturityAdult
ObserverChris Jackson