Subject: Wheel bug nymph hatching in November?
Location: Dacula, GA.
January 24, 2016 9:00 am
Hey there! Thanks to your awesome website here, I was able to identify a wheel bug “clutch” of eggs hatching in my kitchen attached to the inside of my window screen. This late November(2015) I started noticing these small ant like bugs with big red butts crawling on my window sill and counter tops. It wasn’t hard to find where they were coming from as there we’re still SEVERAL hatching from the nest and were hanging out in a cluster on the nest. So my question is, after all the research I’ve done on them(most you supplied), aren’t these guys supposed to hatch in early to mid spring? I live in central northern GA. US, and our fall was mild and warm(70-80° on most days). With the warm humid temps, along with them being indoors, is it possible that it was the perfect environment to hatch early? I guess what I’m really curious about is how common this occurs to wheel bug nymphs. We live on acerage and our house backs up to woods, so I’ve seen my fair share of weird bugs in my house. I have a rule for all these weird bugs- Their home is outside, mine is inside. If you are in my house and look suspicious, you will unfortunatley meet your untimley death. I understand that wheel bugs are huge helpers outside. However, with small children and pets, and no way to safely remove the nest, I had to spray them. The picture I’m submitting is after I sprayed them. I just couldn’t risk them stinging us. Anyway, thanks for any info you can give me!
You are correct that these are Wheel Bug Eggs and you are also correct regarding the early hatching. We suspect that both the mild weather and the location affected by indoor warmth were factors in the early hatching. It is also fair to presume that similar conditions would result in a similar outcome in the future. We understand your reservations with young children.