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Weird Bug

My son found this on the porch chair, I have never seen a bug like this before. And have been unable to find it online. Would any of you have an idea of what it is?

created by ToledoLatina on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:15:35 pm     Outdoors     Comments: 10

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The kind I run away from!

posted by llz on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:32:15 pm     #   1 person liked this

walking stick?

posted by MIJeff on Jul 16, 2014 at 01:30:46 am     #  

After a long long web search, I think I found the answer....

A Wheel bug nymph.

Adults are 1-1/4 inch long and have a slender, long antennae (reddish-brown). The body is grayish-black with an upright one-half "cogwheel-like" crest on the thorax bearing 8 to 12 protruding teeth-like structures. The membrane of the front wing is coppery colored. Wheel bugs are rather uncommon, but attract attention when found due to their bizarre appearance. They are voracious predators, attacking large caterpillars, such as tomato hornworms, and suck them dry. They will not bite humans readily, but when they do, the bite is very painful.

posted by ToledoLatina on Jul 16, 2014 at 03:46:21 am     #  

Appears to be a recent past member of the local BOE.

posted by Mariner on Jul 16, 2014 at 04:21:23 am     #  

Mariner posted at 04:21:23 AM on Jul 16, 2014:

Appears to be a recent past member of the local BOE.

Naw, you're thinking of Stink Bugs.

posted by Foodie on Jul 16, 2014 at 06:05:54 am     #  

I have seen the nymphs before in this area, but I do not recall seeing any adults of this species. The adults apparently are excellent at hiding and evading detection.

posted by historymike on Jul 16, 2014 at 09:02:48 am     #  

Here is an adult wheel bug, and this specimen is of a variety found in Ohio:

The armor and ridging make these creatures look ferocious.

posted by historymike on Jul 16, 2014 at 09:04:53 am     #  

Baby lobster?

posted by Anniecski on Jul 16, 2014 at 09:37:37 am     #   1 person liked this

Anything that eats a tomato hornworm is alright by me. :) I hate those little bastards!

posted by valbee on Jul 16, 2014 at 01:29:24 pm     #  

It sounds like a good bug to have around if you have a garden.

posted by OhioKimono on Jul 17, 2014 at 10:16:31 am     #