Mating Wheel Bugs

Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Carmel, Indiana
September 25, 2015 2:37 pm
I was outside walking with my kids today and found a bug I have never seen before. It followed us when I walked around it to try and get a better look. I don’t like bugs and it looked like it had wings so I didn’t get too close. From the picture it looks like it has 6 legs on one side. I live in Carmel, IN and am used to bugs, but not like this! Any idea what it is? Thanks for any information you may have!
Signature: Stephanie

Mating Wheel Bugs
Mating Wheel Bugs

Dear Stephanie,
If you look closely at your image, you will see that this is actually a mating pair of Wheel Bugs and not an individual, hence your observation that there are six legs on one side.  Wheel Bugs are capable of biting, but they move lethargically and they are not aggressive toward humans.

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