Subject: What is this bug
Location: Kokomo indiana
July 19, 2015 5:46 pm
Found this bug in Kokomo Indiana. It was carrying a hornet as young can see in the picture. Do you know what this could be?
Signature: Aerin

Immature Wheel Bug

Immature Wheel Bug

Dear Aerin,
The primary insect in your image is an predatory, immature Wheel Bug, and it is possibly that it captured and fed upon the wasp that we cannot identify because of the angle in the image, but we find it puzzling that it would carry around its prey.  As Wheel Bugs have a mouth designed to suck food, they feed only on fluids and leave a dried husk as opposed to other types of predators that chew. 

Location: Kokomo, Indiana

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