Subject: Bug bites coworker!
Location: Western PA
June 26, 2012 10:02 am
My coworker came in screaming that an alien bug with ’tentacles’ (antennae) bit her while she was outside on her lunch, it got into her short sleeves. She snapped a photo, we have been searching online to no avail. Western PA, length about an inch, 6 legs, rears up in defense when approached. kinda cool!
Signature: blonde girls
Dear blonde girls,
This is an immature Wheel Bug, and we always warn folks to handle them with caution since the bite is reported to be quite painful, though not dangerous. Thanks for your letter that supports our warnings. We just posted a photo of an adult Wheel Bug, the largest North American member of the Assassin Bug family. Assassin Bugs, including Wheel Bugs, are predators that use their piercing proboscis to suck the fluids from their prey. Hapless humans might also be bitten though this is usually an accidental encounter, like your coworker, or a case of careless handling.
thats terrific! thank you for your repsonse, I was leaning towards wheelbug for most resembles, but it didnt have all the characteristics yet!!!