Reduviidae. Credit: Gustavo (lu7frb)
Aand yeah – you’re trapped.
Brought to us by the ingenious bee assassin bug. Watch it happen in this excerpt from Sir David Attenborough’s The Amber Time Machine:
STEP 1: Find out what they like
As shown in the video, these stingless bees are resin addicts. With it, they build solid nests and protect their young. So go grab some resin.
STEP 2: Get close
Needless to say, if you find the local resin dealer, in our case amber producing bean trees, you will also find its clients.
STEP 3: Wait patiently
Stay put and be ready to seize a bee. The amazing thing is that more will arrive as your first victim calls for help. Warning: you might need to wrestle a bit to secure your preys.
Aaaand – that’s it! You have just gotten yourself a substantial meal with really not much effort at all.
Want more? See below for a nice close-up view of a bee assassin bug collecting resin. As it turns out, some of them use it as protection for their eggs against predators (Choe & Rust, 2007).
Choe, D.-H., & Rust, M. K. (2007). Use of plant resin by a bee assassin bug, Apiomerus flaviventris (Hemiptera: Reduviidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 100(2), 320-326. doi: 10.1603/0013-8746(2007)100[320:UOPRBA]2.0.CO;2
Gunton, M., Martin, T. (Producers), & Leith, B. (Director). (2004). The Natural World: The Amber Time Machine [TV episode]. Worldwide: BBC Worldwide.