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Wheel Bug

Arilus cristatus


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.


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.


Wheel bug injecting a bee with camo appearance by Widefooted Treehopper (Campylenchia latipes)

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auntnance123 6 years ago

One the coolest bugs around.

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

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 6 years ago

Great capture Carol! Welcome back!

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 6 years ago


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 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 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


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