Spider-like 6 legged grey bug…what is this??
Location: Daytona Beach area, Florida
April 7, 2012 10:45 pm
2 of these bugs have popped up in our area that our family has heard of/seen. We have searched the web and have been unsuccessful in identifying it, with most searches yielding the result of a assassin bug. However, none of the pictures quite match so we were hoping you could help! Thankyou!
You are correct that this predator is an Assassin Bug, but it is a diverse family. More specifically, this is a Wheel Bug and it is an immature specimen that has still not developed its distinctive cog-like crest. The prey in your photo is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the genus Orygia which you may verify on BugGuide.