Subject: Creepy Porch Friend
Location: Eastern Shore/Ocean City, Maryland
July 28, 2015 7:18 am
Hi, in the previous 24-hour period, I have found 3 of these creepy crawlers. One in the garage and two on the front porch. It is about 1.5″ – 2″ long. It’s gray in color. If another photo is needed, I can take another photo. It seems like a cross between a stink bug and a spider (6 legs though).
Your image of a Wheel Bug is shot from an atypical perspective. Most people take images from the side in order to feature the coglike projection or “wheel” on the thorax and many people describe the Wheel Bug as prehistoric and some have even coined the name Stegosaurus Bug. The Wheel Bug is a beneficial predator, but they should be handled with caution as a painful bite might result.
Thank you for the timely response and identification. I have pest control service coming out. If there was only one around, I wouldn’t have called but after finding three, I was afraid they could cause damage (of course not knowing what it was when I called). As a beneficial predator, what do they prey on?
They will prey on many species of insects. We already provided a link to a Wheel Bug feeding on an invasive, exotic Japanese Beetle.