Spiky True Bug Nymph is Helmeted Squash Bug

Subject:  small spikey bug mid ohio
Geographic location of the bug:  north central ohio 21AUG17
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 09:46 PM EDT
Found this very weird spiked bug while shooting eclipse pictures on 21AUG17. The critter is perhaps 1/4″-3/8″ long. Found in field in north central Ohio (Richland County). Ive tried searching many different sources and have come up empty, maybe a juvenile version of something more familiar ?
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Immature Helmeted Squash Bug

This is definitely an immature True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, and we believe we have identified it as a Helmeted Squash Bug, Euthochtha galeator, thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Feeds on a variety of wild and cultivated plants (Mead 2003).”

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