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Wheel Bug

Arilus cristatus

Notes:

Definitely need help with this one. Not sure of spotting date either. While I'm going with Wheel Bug, there is a small dispute on this. Comments always appreciated.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Latimeria
Latimeria 11 years ago
Wheel bug
Arilus cristatus Wheel bug


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9 Comments

Latimeria
Latimeria 11 years ago

If you make sure to leave the box checked for "needs identification," it will still come up in the results in the pictures needing an ID. If you want to research some similar bugs on your own, definitely look up the Assassin bug family, Reduviidae. They're a very interesting group!

NathanCaldwell
NathanCaldwell 11 years ago

Because that's fine with me!

NathanCaldwell
NathanCaldwell 11 years ago

Okay still going with wheel bug, but thanks for the new suggestion. Can people still suggest ID's even though I've named it?

NathanCaldwell
NathanCaldwell 11 years ago

Thanks so much! Name is up!

peter
peter 11 years ago

Voted your ID up :)

Latimeria
Latimeria 11 years ago

I think it's pretty safe to say that it is one: the colors of the antennae, ends of the legs, stripes on its abdomen, leathery brown wings, size, and general coloration looks pretty spot on for the wheel bug. There's no other north American bug like it.

NathanCaldwell
NathanCaldwell 11 years ago

Thanks guys. Not sure about the crest. It's been a while.

peter
peter 11 years ago

You're probably right. I was using dayna's spotting as reference http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/505...

Latimeria
Latimeria 11 years ago

It sort of looks like a Wheel bug...do you remember if it had a crest behind it's head, like in this picture? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/495...

It's kind of blurry, but I'm leaning towards it being a wheel bug.

NathanCaldwell
Spotted by
NathanCaldwell

Clarksville, Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Mar 7, 2011
Submitted on Mar 7, 2011

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