Subject: Found near small backyard pond
August 23, 2015 8:17 am
We found this creature crawling out of the rocks surrounding our small backyard pond. It moved in a very strange way. We live in PA. Thank you!!
Owen (age 4) and Warren (age 3), nature enthusiasts
Signature: Owen and Warren
Dear Owen and Warren,
We are happy to learn that you are developing a love of nature at an early age. This is a predatory Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug. Though backyard ponds serve as habitat for a wide variety of creatures, Wheel Bugs have no particular connection to a watery environment. Wheel Bugs are often found on trees and plants where they search for prey.