Subject: What is this thing?
Location: Roanoke, VA
November 17, 2015 3:29 pm
I was moving stuff around on my porch today and saw this thing. I almost put my hand right on it. After I went inside and changed my underwear, I took a picture of it. It was about an inch long.
Signature: Kevin Ratliff

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Kevin,
Now that autumn is upon us, we seem to be getting daily identification requests for Wheel Bugs from eastern North America, but we are only posing those with the best images or the most entertaining written accounts.  Your submission has both.  Wheel Bugs are slow moving predators that are beneficial in the garden.  They are Assassin Bugs, and though they are capable of biting, we cannot recall ever having received a report of a person being bitten, unlike some other Assassin Bugs that bite quite readily.

Location: Roanoke, Virginia

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