Hey Buggy Joe!! What is it?? - Wheel Bugs

These large bugs belong to the Hemipteran family Reduviidae which is represented in North America by over 160 different species.  Members of this family are collectively known as assassin bugs; a name that clearly describes how these stealthy hunters make a living.

 

Wheel bugs get their descriptive common name from a peculiar morphological feature that rises from the top of the bug's thorax.  The structure looks like half of a cog-wheel, with the gear teeth clearly visible.  Wheel bugs are big, measuring over 1 1/4" long, and their color varies from light gray to bluish-gray to grayish-brown.

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