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Wheel Bug

Arilus cristatus

Description:

The assassin bug was about 32mm (1.25 in) long. Some people call this crazy looking bug a Sail-back Dinosaur Bug.

Habitat:

I have seen them on garden plants, but this one was on our van's windshield.

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6 Comments

InêsVeloso
InêsVeloso 4 years ago

amazing pictures!

PhotoginTN
PhotoginTN 4 years ago

Thanks Hema!

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

Fantastic,photogin!!

PhotoginTN
PhotoginTN 4 years ago

Most of their prey are pests such as caterpillars, Japanese beetles, and stinkbugs, therefore wheel bugs are considered as beneficial to the garden as ladybugs are. They do have a painful bite though.

PhotoginTN
PhotoginTN 4 years ago

They are interesting bugs. The head reminds me of the head on the Star Wars B1 battle droid, only the head is reversed.

JamesPriest2
JamesPriest2 4 years ago

Very interesting looking bug

PhotoginTN
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PhotoginTN

Hohenwald, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Aug 11, 2015
Submitted on Aug 13, 2015

Spotted for Mission

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