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Wheel Bug - Assasin Bug.  - Arilus cristatus

Wheel Bug - Assasin Bug. - Arilus cristatus
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
March 22, 2012
Found eclosing on a palm frond in a Live Oak hammock mid-morning.

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Wheel Bug - Assasin Bug.  - Arilus cristatus Wheel Bug - Assasin Bug - Arilus cristatus Wheel Bug - Assasin Bug - Arilus cristatus

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wheel bug
They are EVERYWHERE in Pinellas right now. I've never seen so many!!

 
If it's a wheel bug ...
and there is no "wheel", is it not an adult? Or are there some subspecies with no wheel? Thanks, Matt!

 
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Hi, yep, it's still a nymph.

 
ok...
I fixed the description. :) It was huge - body alone was about an inch long. I was surprised it was a nymph!

 
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I'm wrong all the time, but I'd bet on this one.
The shed skin looks like it should if the ID is correct, plus the color of the newly emerged nymph is right too.
Wheel bugs are BIG bugs as well.

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