All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Wheel Bug</strong>
<em>Arilus cristatus</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
July 31, 2009

I spotted this insect while I was at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. These are one of those "look, but don't touch" bugs, that large mouth can inflict a painf...
Wheel Bug
Arilus cristatus
Oak Ridge, TN
July 31, 2009

I spotted this insect while I was at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. These are one of those "look, but don't touch" bugs, that large mouth can inflict a painful bite! They eat caterpillars and other insects.
I think they should be called "Gear Bugs" instead of Wheel Bugs because of the round, toothed part of the thorax!

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