Wheel Bug nymph

Cool alien looking bug
Location: Lewes, DE
June 23, 2011 11:35 am
I found this bug on a mailbox (exactly where the picture shows it) and when I slammed the lid open and shut again it hadn’t moved a bit, so I know it has a good grip, but I was scared of being stung or bitten. Are these bugs dangerous?
Signature: Sherry

Immature Wheel Bug

Dear Sherry,
This predatory immature Wheel Bug has piercing and sucking mouthparts.  It is capable of biting if it is carelessly handled, though we rarely get reports of people being bitten by Wheel Bugs.  The bite is reported to be painful, but not dangerous.

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