Apiomerus cazieri Berniker and Szerlip (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Harpactorinae) predaceous on Trichodes ornatus Say (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Clerinae)

  • Jacques Rifkind
Keywords: Bee assassins, checkered beetles, aposematism, mimicry, Mojave, Stanleya pinnata


The assassin bug Apiomerus cazieri Berniker and Szerlip (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) was observed to prey on the clerid beetle Trichodes ornatus Say (Coleoptera: Cleridae). This observation is the first recorded instance of Trichodes Herbst as a prey insect, and the second record for reduviid predation on Cleridae.