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Subject: Wheel bugs mating
Location: Charlottesville VA
October 29, 2014 1:34 pm
Hi – my daughter found these two (very slowly) making their way across the sidewalk. I checked your site right away and was expecting to spend some time trying to narrow down what they could be. I was happy to find that this was one of the featured bugs on the front page of the website. Thank you for that! Not sure if you needed any more pictures of them mating, but here are a few my daughter took with my phone.
Signature: Hendersons

Mating Wheel Bugs

Mating Wheel Bugs

Dear Hendersons,
Your study of mating Wheel Bugs is a tangle of limbs that would make a novice bug watcher suspect a sighting of some prehistoric, mutated creature.  This is a Perfect Halloween Feature, so we are making it the Bug of the Month for November 2014 and posting it early.  We wish you had a camera angle that could distinguish actual mating with mere coupling.

Mating Wheel Bugs

Mating Wheel Bugs

That’s terrific! My daughter will be ecstatic. Here’s another picture, but I’m not sure it gives you anything more to see. We were afraid to get too close, not knowing anything about them!
Thank you so much for your response. There will be a happy kid here after school today when she hears about the Bug of the Month.
Take care and keep up the good work!
Jennifer Henderson

Hi Jennifer,
We try to keep a kid friendly site, though we do write for adults.  We like making kids happy.

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Subject: what kind of bug is this?
Location: Boonsboro Maryland
October 25, 2014 6:05 pm
I’m just wondering what kind of bug this is and if you can help that would be wonderful thank you.
Signature: Kyle Kwiatkowski

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Kyle,
Wheel Bugs like your individual attract attention throughout their lives, from young hatchlings, to brightly colored nymphs, to transitionary molts, to mating adults.

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Subject: What’s this bug
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
October 20, 2014 11:16 am
Hi, I found this bizarre looking guy dying on my back steps yesterday. His body is about 2 inches long. I live in a rural, open area. I think he is the stink bug king, because he was hanging out with a lot of dying stink bugs. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Melissa

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Melissa,
We would love to learn that the Wheel Bug in your image is feeding on invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, but we don’t think that the native predators could ever eliminate the impact of the rapidly spreading import from Asia.

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Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Subject: Dinosaur like bug
Location: Columbus, Ohio
October 13, 2014 3:26 pm
This guy showed up around 5 pm on October 13 in Columbus, Ohio. It was tracking the camera and waving it’s legs at it. It was about 2″ long.
Signature: Lena

Dear Lena,
Whenever we get a subject line like yours, we immediately suspect the creature is a Wheel Bug and we are usually correct.

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Possibly a Wheel Bug

Possibly a Wheel Bug

Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Pulaski Va
October 9, 2014 10:11 pm
This bug was on my husbands back in the house he said it bit him he go my son to get it off him and the took a picture ? Will we see more in the house? What is it ? do we need to worry about the bite?
Signature: Anne

Hi Anne,
Your image lacks critical detail, but this appears to be a Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug, a member of a family of predators.  Some Assassin Bug in the genus
Triatoma, which are commonly called Blood Sucking Conenose Bugs or Kissing Bugs, pose a threat to humans because they can pass on the pathogens that cause Chagas Disease, however though they might bite, Wheel Bugs are not considered to be dangerous to humans.

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Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Subject: Identify bug
Location: West Tennessee
October 11, 2014 7:55 pm
In the yard. Don’t know what it is.
Signature: Mike

Hi Mike,
Because of its highly distinctive outline, including the coglike projection on the thorax, it is unlikely that an adult Wheel Bug will be confused with any other North American insect.  Wheel Bugs are in the predatory Assassin Bug family and they should be handled with caution since a painful bite might result from careless handling.

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