Wheel Bug Nymph

I kept thinking “wheel bug” while taking pictures of this bug. Wheel bugs have a prominent semicircular crest on their thorax.

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Apparently, this one isn’t an adult yet. It was feeding on a soldier beetle.

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I took this picture in early July of 2009.

Wheel bugs have one generation a year and overwinter as eggs. One website stated that the wheel bug’s bite is usually worse than a bee sting. Both nymphs and adults should be avoided.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. A vicious looking and acting bug! I’ll remember not to pick this one up.

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  2. Nice captures of this creepy creature.

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  3. This is one of what seems like a very few that I haven’t been bitten or stung by.

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  4. Yikes! Cool bug but I’ll keep a lookout for this one, I don’t need a bad bite..:-)

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