Wheel Bug Ovipositing
I recently (12/09/06) came across this wheel bug ovipositing in the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge and wanted to share the images. I found the bug’s ovipositor(s) very interesting. Great site,
Anthony

Hi Anthony,
We have gotten many images of the distinctive Wheel Bug egg clusters, but this is the first for us. Thanks for sending your wonderful photo to us. Eric Eaton later clarified as to what was happening in this image: ” I just noticed that this wheel bug is NOT laying an egg, but deploying a scarlet scent gland in self-defense. Don’t know what triggers this behavior, but I did find a wheelbug in a spider web once that had spilled a great amount of bright orange goo like this. Eric “

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