Immature Wheel Bug

Some kind of Leaf Footed Bug?
Sun, Feb 8, 2009 at 11:55 PM
I’ve found the attached bug on one of my rose bushes and on a pine tree. I can’t seem to figure out what kind of bug it is. Any help would be most appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
Greg R.
Bristow, VA

Wheel Bug Nymph
Wheel Bug Nymph

Hi Greg,
Often the identification of immature insects can be very difficult and your specimen is a nymph.  It is not a Leaf Footed Bug, but rather an Assassin Bug.  We are relatively certain this is a Wheel Bug, one of the larger Assassin Bugs that is quite distinctive as an adult because of the coglike “wheel” on the thorax that is not evident in the nymph.  Assassin Bugs are beneficial predators, but they will also bite humans if mishandled, and the bite is quite painful.

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