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Assassin Bug - Arilus cristatus

Assassin Bug - Arilus cristatus
Fort Mill, SC, York County, South Carolina, USA
October 13, 2005
Found in the daytime under the lid of an empty storage bin.

Legs have no fins like leaf-footed bugs (family Coreidae) while head bears a thick, strong stylus for puncturing other insects, a hallmark of family Reduvidae. I'm guessing this is in same genus as Wheel Bug.

Looks like a wheel bug
with a strange wheel! We'll be interested in the ID you get on this one!

Wheel bug.
It is indeed a wheelbug. It may have had a molting problem, or a genetic anomaly, accounting for the diminutive "wheel."

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