Wheel Bug

Subject: Scorpian like bug
Location: South Carolina
July 5, 2015 8:01 am
Could you help id this bug. Much like a grasshopper but has a scorpian like tail. Throws the tail over the back when mad. They are all over the stable which houses racehorses.
Signature: Catherine French

Wheel Bug
Wheel Bug

Dear Catherine,
This is a beneficial, predatory Wheel Bug that feeds on other insects.  It will not harm your horses, though we are very curious why there are large numbers of them near the stables.  Perhaps they are feeding on flies.

Thank you so much for answering my question. There are a lot of flies around the barns so they must love the atmosphere. Thanks again. Catherine

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