Wheel Bug Nymph

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Atlanta (wooded area)
December 1, 2016 3:15 pm
I found this super scary bug on my car during the summer. I haven’t seen one since and it still bothers me that I don’t know what it is. I’m terrified of bugs and I was too afraid to kill it.
Can you help distinguish what kind it is?
Signature: Cass

Wheel Bug Nymph
Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Cass,
This is an immature Wheel Bug, a species of beneficial Assassin Bug.  While they might bite a person if carelessly handled, Wheel Bugs are not aggressive towards humans and a bite, while potentially painful, is not considered dangerous.  Adult Wheel Bugs are much more formidable looking than the considerably smaller nymphs.

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