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Wheel Bug Nymph (Assassin Bug)

Arilus cristatus


What is it? Six legs, about 1/2" long, beautiful "don't touch me" coloration... Someone suggested a Hemiptera nymph, but I couldn't find any H. Nymphs as big as this guy in my research. Also, the back of his thorax was flat, flared out like an arrowhead and tilted up at about a 70* angle.

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Wheel Bug Nymph (Assassin Bug)
Arilus cristatus Wheel bug

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alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Looks like it has a leaf-foot which might help.

John La Salle
John La Salle 11 years ago

nice - some type of Hemiptera nymph

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Aug 27, 2012
Submitted on Aug 27, 2012

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