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Oct 13, 2019

Even Now

Picture of the Day

(and some info)

wheel bug

The wheel bug is a species of large assassin bug in the assassin and kissing bug family Reduviidae. The species is one of the largest terrestrial true bugs in North America, reaching up to 1.5 inches in length in their adult stage. They are sexually dimorphic, in that males are somewhat smaller than the females. Wikipedia

According to The Wheel Bug website… at first sight wheel bugs appear to be a dangerous insect because of their size and weird appearance. But it is not aggressive and will try to avoid contact. However, if handled the wheel bug will try to bite. The author notes that the bite is painful, with the sensation lasting several minutes.

  • has a stout beak that it uses to feed
  • feed on caterpillars, moths, and other soft bodied insects
  • are considered beneficial in the garden and wooded areas, as they reduce the numbers of some insect pests
  • In the fall, the female wheel bug lays her eggs on small twigs of shrubs and trees. There are several dozen of these barrel-shaped eggs in a cluster. In the early spring, the eggs hatch and small red and black nymphs with long legs disperse onto surrounding trees and shrubs. Homeowners may see these on various trees or landscape shrubs
Wheel bug Nymph
photo from The Wheel Bug web page

A deaf insect hears words in the belly of a bird ~ English Proverb

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