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Wheel Bug Nymph

Arilus cristatus

Description:

Insect with unusual white coloration with spots of various colors in the nymph stage. Called the assassin bug, they prey on caterpillars and harmful garden pests and should find a welcome home in your outdoor space.

Notes:

The Wheel Bug looks like a mechanical device from its long legs that extend in jerky, robot-like motions to the large cog-like structure on its back that gives rise to its name. The nymphs molt up to five times and this bug is related to the Stink Bug and Bed Bug.

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2 Comments

CindyBest
CindyBest 11 years ago

Great website. Thanks for your help! It was interesting to note that they are related to stink bugs. I thought he looked similar to one, although much more colorful, as he took a stroll on my impatiens.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

This is a wheel bug nymph, Arilus cristatus. The adults can inflict a terrific bite; not sure about the nymph. See http://bugguide.net/node/view/125896 for more information.

CindyBest
Spotted by
CindyBest

Longview, Texas, USA

Spotted on May 19, 2011
Submitted on May 20, 2011

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