September 15, 2021

Wheel Bug – Arilus cristatus (Linnaeus, 1763)


While hanging out with the WooFPAK at their home in Maryland, WooFDriver observed this very interesting looking Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus)! Wheel Bugs have a very distinctive shape and the young nymphs can be identified by their noticeable red abdomens. They prey on a wide variety of insects and can be found hunting around flowers where pollinators are feeding. It is advised that you do not handle these creatures as they can cause a painful, numbing bite!!

Here are a couple links to learn more about the Wheel Bug:



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