|Bee assassin with red milkweed beetle?- Kevin Firth|
Although bee keepers consider them a major threat, no studies have been done to show that they affect the population. They usually are found perched on stems and leaves, not the best place to catch a bee.* Most of the pictures I found on the web show them with other types of insects, mostly bugs harmful to your garden.
That said, they are certainly capable of taking down a bee. Their hunting strategy is to use a sticky substance, possibly collected plant resin on their strong front legs, which helps them to grab and hold onto bees. They are considered a beneficial insect by all but bee keepers and an occasional gardener who picks one up or otherwise annoys it.
|Bee assassin with small bug- Patrick Coin|