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Photo#26035
Weird Orange Insect - Arilus cristatus

Weird Orange Insect - Arilus cristatus
Williamsburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
June 22, 2005
Size: about 1/2 inch long
It was sitting on a leaf covered with caterpillars.

Thank you for the identification
Thank you for the identification, guys. I've never seen one of these before. I'd like to find an adult one, but no luck so far. :)

These are really fascinating insects...
and they seem to be more abundant this year than last, at least here in Maryland. I notice your picture is dated June 23rd. This individual has probably molted several times since then. Sometimes you can find them on a branch next to their molted shell. Adults look quite a bit different than the nymphs, as you can see in this thumbnail. Word is that these can give a nasty bite if handled.


Juvenile
Looks like it just fed. Juvenile assassin and likely the Wheelbug.

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