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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Mystery Bug Identified

I finally got an identification for the strange bug with the gear or wheel on its back. It is a wheel bug. Why didn't I think of that? Here is some info. I pulled off bugguide.net.

They are beneficial as predators on other insects, especially caterpillars. They are larger sized true bugs in the family Reduviidae, genus Arilus - there are a bunch of photos in the guide here... http://bugguide.net/node/view/259/bgimage
รข€¦ L. M. Ames, 20 May, 2005 - 3:07am

1 comment:

Beatloaf said...

Thanks so much! What a unique looking bug. I can't wait to tell my son that it actually has a name. Please visit my blog anytime. I only update once a week or so because I don't have a computer at home, but you're always welcome. Again thanks for your help!

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