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Strange Black and Orange Bug
June 8, 2009
I found this bug on my back porch. He was hanging out on a bottle of WD-40. I thought it was a spider until I noticed it only had six legs. Can you possibly tell me what it is??
Amanda Anderson
Belton, MO

Immature Wheel Bug

Immature Wheel Bug

Hi Amanda,
We are trying to catch up on mail that arrived while we were visiting relatives in Ohio.  We love your photo of an immature Wheel Bug.  Wheel Bugs are beneficial predators in the garden, though they may deliver a painful bite if mishandled.  The adult Wheel Bug has a coglike projection on the thorax which gives it its common name.

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