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Ever see a bug covered in spikes?
Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 8:05 PM
Sam and I were so excited about getting your reply regarding our sand wasp burying a stinkbug that we need to ask you about this one: This amazing bug is about 3/4 of an inch long and covered with spikes! We found it in August in a prairie/marsh area walking on this plant. My son, 10, luckily got these two shots off just as his camera batteries died. This is one of our favorite bugs ever but we’ve never been able to identify it. Any ideas? You’re the best, Bugman!
Jimmy and Sam Schwartz
Prairie/wetlands, 35 miles west of Chicago

Helmeted Squash Bug Nymph

Helmeted Squash Bug Nymph

Hi again Jimmy and Sam,
We tried to post your answer yesterday, but we lost our internet connectivity. We have has the recurring intermittent problem with Time Warner since late July and the cable company can’t seem to correct our problem. We recognized this nymph as a Coreid or Leaf Footed Bug, but we needed to research the species. We located the Helmeted Squash Bug, Euthochtha galeator, on BugGuide, and we are satisfied that the identification of your specimen is correct.

Helmeted Squash Bug Nymph

Helmeted Squash Bug Nymph

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