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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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Subject: Moth Eating Bug ID
Location: Florida
September 24, 2014 6:28 am
I discovered this small insect that apparently was eating a moth tucked under a wildflower. Would love to know what it is!
Thank you!
Signature: Laura Hayes

Ambush Bug eats Skipper

Ambush Bug eats Skipper

Hi Laura,
The predator is a Jagged Ambush Bug in the genus
Phymata, and the prey is a butterfly known as a Skipper, not a moth.  Ambush Bugs frequently await prey while camouflaged on blossoms.  Your images are wonderful, both the action image and the excellent use of scale.

Ambush Bug

Ambush Bu

Thank you for the prompt reply and solving my mystery. I knew that was a Skipper! I still want to think of them as moths and forget.
Laura Hayes

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Denver
September 6, 2014 9:11 pm
Spotted this one in our kitchen. He seemed to closely match the color and texture of our light grey wall. Any guesses?
Signature: Chris

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Hi Chris,
Better than a guess, we can assure you with 100% certainty that this is an immature Masked Hunter,
Reduvius personatus, a species of predatory Assassin Bug that has the unique ability to camouflage itself due to the stickiness of its exoskeleton that causes dust and debris to stick to the surface of the insect.  Nearly all reports we have of Masked Hunters are from household interiors, which causes us to believe that they have adapted to a life of cohabitation with humans, and since they will prey upon Bed Bugs and other undesirable household intruders, they are considered beneficial insects, though they might bite if provoked.

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Subject: Weird scary bug
Location: Suburb of Philadelphia
September 2, 2014 3:33 pm
Dear Bugman, my name is MK. My husband found this bug last night, 09/01/14, in the evening. It had a very long stinger on the front and kept trying to snack at my husband. We found it in the garage. We Live in a suburb of Philadelphia. Any information would be great, thanks.
Signature: MK

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear MK,
This is a predatory Wheel Bug, and though they are not aggressive, they can bite if provoked.

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