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Wheel Bug

Arilus cristatus

Description:

Family: Reduviidae 1.25-1.50 inches long (38 mm) with bee victim. Color: Mostly gray or brown. Wheel armor. Long "beak" injector. Feeds on soft-bodied insects and spiders. Beneficial insect. Slow moving, does have wings and flies.

Habitat:

Small meadow next to road with abundant flowers and especially goldenrod and other weeds and small staghorn sumac trees in great numbers finding a number of wheel bugs here.

Notes:

Wheel bug injecting a bee with camo appearance by Widefooted Treehopper (Campylenchia latipes) http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/148...

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13 Comments

auntnance123
auntnance123 6 years ago

One the coolest bugs around.

drP
drP 6 years ago

Very cool!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

This spotting could go in the Hunters and Animal Feeding Behavior mission at http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8463...

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 6 years ago

Thanks for resolving my account issues. I am so thrilled and I feel like I won the lottery being so blessed with PN and all the many animals I see here.

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Great capture Carol! Welcome back!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 6 years ago

I saw my first wheel bug a couple of weeks ago! It was not really alive much but still exciting!

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 6 years ago

Fantastic!!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 6 years ago

I would say, "This is so totally awesome and cool! I never before saw a wheel bug with its long injector in a bee. Gruesome, gross, way to go Wheel bug." (In my North Eastern USA regional "accent".) Of course I don't have an accent. HA! Response to Gerardo.

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

I have never seen this bug and really interesting.
Thank you very much.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

I will love to hear your voice on your videos explaining what is going on :):):)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Incredible series Carol video is great :)

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 6 years ago

I like the little Tree Hopper. Never have seen one before. Thanks!

Pennsylvania, USA

Lat: 40.87, Long: -75.61

Spotted on Sep 27, 2012
Submitted on Oct 2, 2012

Reference

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