1. Natural childbirth
2. Injection into space between broken bone
3. Wheel bug bite
It's time to learn about one nasty assassin, my friends. Allow me to introduce you.
|Young wheel bug climbing across a flower on my deck. Notice that this immature bug has not yet formed the "wheel" on its back.|
|Mature wheel bug on my MAILBOX! Note the cog-like "wheel" on its back.|
|Nymph Wheel Bug hiding under my banister|
Much like the praying mantis, wheel bugs are known to turn cannibal, often after mating. Nymphs will also chow down on each other during vicious outbursts of teenage angst- bug style.
|Young nymph wheel bug stalking a fly on my deck this spring|
|So glad I was paying attention before I opened my mailbox.|
|I, very carefully, captured the wheel bug on our mailbox. Here she is under the magnifying glass lid. Here you can see her wings on top of her back.|
|You'll find nymphs (like this one) in the spring and adults in the fall.|
I managed to snag the scary creepster hanging out on my mailbox this September. Because mature wheel bugs do fly, I was very careful (and rather stealthy if I do say so) in my collection. This bug, however, was NOT one I allowed my daughters to handle in the jar. I held the jar throughout all our observations to prevent accidental escape.
|Can you see the stinging beak on this bugger?!?|
|Underside of the wheel bug I captured...after it released its STINK BOMB|
Please know, however, that these creatures cause no harm to the environment and are actually considered beneficial predators. Try your darndest to observe them from a safe distance, learn about them and leave them to carry on with their disgusting biz. Different strokes for different folks, right?
|Yeah. She looks beastly, but she's definitely equipped to assassinate all your garden pests!|
Wanna learn more? Who can blame you? Here are a few more captivating sites I uncovered in my research.
Amazing photo of an nymph wheel bug taking a bee as its prey.
For professional images of nymph wheel bugs, check this out.
Here's an awesome article on assassins and their behaviors and some absolutely SLAMMIN' photos.
Any cool stories or experiences with wheel bugs? I'd love to hear them! Always an open forum.
Be on the lookout! So much to see...