Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Lawton OK.
November 16, 2016 10:33 pm
I was at a range when this bug flew in. Loudest bug I’ve ever seen. Moves slow once landed. Never seen anything like this bug. Not usually afraid of anything, until I met this thing. The wind would blow wrong and I was jumpy.
Signature: – Augustin, Gianni
Dear Augustin, Gianni,
This is a Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug. Though Wheel Bugs are not aggressive towards humans, they are predators with mouthparts designed to pierce prey and suck fluids, and they could deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.
Wow thanks. I didn’t think you’d get back to me so soon. I really appreciate that.