Wheel Bug

Subject: Cool bug, no clue what it is!
Location: Virginia
December 9, 2013 3:57 am
Hey Mr. Bug man!
I teach third grade science in rural southeastern VA. One day we were coming in from the playground and saw this cool little thing on the brick building. The ground was pretty wet that day, and it was chilly if I remember correctly. My students were wondering what this critter might be. We left it alone, but I haven’t seen it again.
Signature: Stumped

Wheel Bug
Wheel Bug

Dear Stumped,
Your students encountered a Wheel Bug, the largest North American Assassin Bug.  This is a beneficial hunter, but they have mouths designed for piercing the exoskeleton and sucking the nutrients from prey, and they can deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

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