Assassin Bugs
Genus Rhynocoris ventralis ventralis
1/2 inch

matinging assassins

Rhynocoris pair
Red, yellow and black adorned Assassin Bugs mating on Curlycup Gumweed  at Farmington Bay WMA in Davis County, Utah.  I caught
these normally very reclusive insects in courtship. When I arrived they were on different branches and within a couple of minutes they
were on the same branch and inseparable.  When they saw me they did their best to scoot out of sight but it took awhile and gave me a small
 window of opportunity for some photos.  Assassin Bugs are beneficial because they prey on other insects.   Carol Davis, 8-24-2008

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