Subject: Stegosaurus Bug
Location: Rockwall, TX (East side of Dallas)
October 22, 2012 4:49 pm
I’ve never seen anything like this one. It hung around for a couple of days and didn’t quite know what to do with itself. I would love to know what it is. Thank you.
Signature: Texas Lisa
Dear Texas Lisa,
Your letter is not the first one we have received where a person referred to a Wheel Bug as a Stegosaurus Bug or prehistoric insect. The coglike “wheel” on the thorax most likely discourages predators like birds from trying to swallow a Wheel Bug whole. Wheel Bugs are predatory Assassin Bugs that slowly stalk their prey.