Wheel Bug Nymph

Subject: Bug found on deck near pool
Location: Southwest Virginia
July 12, 2014 7:51 pm
We found this bug and what we assumed was it’s mate on the deck surrounding our pool. This bug will rare back and move it’s head to follow an object when close to it. Just wondering what it is as we have never seen one like this before.
Signature: Louis

Wheel Bug Nymph
Wheel Bug Nymph

Hi Louis,
This is an immature Wheel Bug nymph, and when it matures into an adult Wheel Bug, it will be larger, have fully functional wings capable of flight and it will have a distinctive cog-like projection on its thorax.  Handle with caution:  Wheel Bugs will bite if provoked or carelessly handled.


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