What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Wheel Bug up close
Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 12:27 PM
I came across this Wheel Bug recently. I had never seen one before and didn’t have a clue as to what it was. Fortunately for me, I kept a slight distance and managed to get some great & painless photos. The little guy was actually very cooperative. I later researched it online and discovered its identity — what a fascinating little creature. Anyway… I love your site and wanted to submit one of the many photos I captured.
Dave Elmore
Roanoke, Virginia

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Hi Dave,
Thanks for sending a photo of your Wheel Bug, our Bug of the Month for November 2008, to add to our archive.  Your photo is stunning and dramatic and shows the piercing/sucking mouth parts and cog-like crest to great advantage.  Wheel Bugs are not aggressive to humans, but they should not be mishandled or a painful bite may result.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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