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Genus Arilus - Wheel Bugs

Wheel Bug Nymph - Arilus cristatus - male Wheel Bug? - Arilus cristatus Ambush - Arilus cristatus Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus) - Arilus cristatus Wheel Bug on Cutleaf Coneflower - Arilus cristatus Assassin bug nymph - Arilus cristatus Arilus cristatus Wheel bug - Arilus cristatus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Harpactorinae
Tribe Harpactorini
Genus Arilus (Wheel Bugs)
Other Common Names
Wheel assassin bugs
Explanation of Names
Arilus Hahn 1831
a single species in our area; about 5 spp. worldwide (the other species are A. carinatus in South America, A. depressicollis in southern Mexico, A. gallus in south America, and A. nigriceps in South America; 3 additional species, A. auctus (of Puerto Rico), A. collaris, and A. spiniceps (both of South America), are currently incertae sedis)
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