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Subject:  this bug stung/bit me
Geographic location of the bug:  Center Point Indiana
Date: 02/11/2018
Time: 12:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My husband and I went to the exotic feline rescue center to check out some big cats, while we were there I leaned on a tree and got stung bit by this bug. My hand swelled a little and I took a photo
How you want your letter signed:  Jshearer

Wheel Bug

Dear Jshearer,
This is a Wheel Bug, the largest Assassin Bug in North America.  Though we frequently warn folks not to handle Wheel Bugs, we rarely get reports of bites.  Thanks for confirming our suspicions that a careless encounter with a Wheel Bug might result in a painful, but not serious, bite.  We strongly suspect the bite did not occur in February in Indiana.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Center Point, Indiana

3 Responses to Wheel Bug bites woman in Indiana

  1. Insetologia also has a Wheel Bug bite story, Marquinhos said it was excruciating. It was an incorrect handling: http://www.insetologia.com.br/2013/04/bolsa-de-cheiro-e-picada-do-percevejo.html

  2. J shearer says:

    It did not happen in Feb. It happen labour day weekend. Early September.
    I remember that it was very painful, but also that my hand swelled instantly.
    we left immediately, think I might have to go to ER. But before we got to Indianapolis, the swelling had gone down and it wasn’t stinging anymore. I survived 🙂

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