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Wheel bug

Arilus cristatus

Description:

I saw this wheel bug as I have gotten into the habit of checking the railings before I place my hand on them. It is a good thing, as these small assassin bugs bite. The bite is said to be worse than a bee sting, possibly scar, with healing times varying. The most visibly notable aspect of the wheel bug is its prominent dorsal armor (2nd picture).

Habitat:

Local nature park. In general, the wheel bug is common & widely distributed. They are, however, rarely seen due to good camouflage and a generally shy nature.

Notes:

University of FL http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in243

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Largo, Florida, USA

Lat: 27.91, Long: -82.79

Spotted on Oct 27, 2011
Submitted on Oct 28, 2011

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