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Wheel Bug - Arilus cristatus

Wheel Bug - Arilus cristatus
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
June 19, 2005
Size: about 30 mm
Hanging out on Senna bicapsularis, a good place to hunt for prey since, although the plant doesn't bloom until fall, it is host to sulphur family caterpillars, and also seems to exude a sweet substance through glands on the stems, which attracts many insects. The pale grey color of this creature caught my attention from halfway across the back yard.

bug in my window
a wheelbug is in my backyard window!what should i do!!!!!!!!!!! please respond back!!!!!!!!!!

No need to worry
- they don't hunt humans - you're too big to be considered prey. Is it trapped there? Otherwise it will eventually move on by itself. If it's trapped, get a glass and put it over the bug, then slide a piece of card under it so the bug is enclosed in the glass (you use a glass so you can see exactly where it is). Then you can safely relocate it far away from your house. Don't try to handle with your bare hands, though, as it will bite you in self-defense.

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