by Wayne Arnold
My neighbor, who’s an exterminator, never saw anything like this guy. He looks like a cross between a stegosaurus and a stick bug. In searching the Internet I just found out that he is a wheel bug, the largest of the assassin bugs. They also said that they could grow to be 1 ½ inches long. If that’s true then this one was a world record; I’d say he was approx. 5 - 6” long, not counting the antennae. This image is actually rotated as he was crawling up the wall towards the windowsill. He then flew off.
black saw back insect (Wheelbug)
by Jesse Seib
black winged insect with very particular saw-like spine. bug has 2 antennae and a long tongue like a butterfly. very hard-plated body.
Big Red-black insect (female velvet ant or cow kille)
black and red stripe 1-1.5 inches hairy
Black and grey stripes with red antennea and legs (adult wheel bug)
(New Iberia, LA)
Found this bug after my son screamed about being bit. It does not seem to fly. In the center of its back is a bronze oval that looks a little like a small leaf. If has a long red tube for its mouth with long antennea.
What is this brown and black bug? (Wheel bug, adult)
by Tom Wood
(Lancaster County, PA)
Brown and black insect with long antennae. It is about 1 inch in length.
six legged dark grey insect with wings and saw toothed ridge on back (Wheel bug, adult)
by mike brennan
This insect has six legs, wings with a gold oval on each wing and looks quite ominous with a saw tooth ridge on its back and a proboscis with two 3/4 inch feelers (antennae) and a single fang like extension from the proboscis. Wings ,body and all parts appear dark grey. The size is about 1.5 inches long.
Black White and Spikey (White-marked tussock moth caterpillar)
Found on the fence surrounding the swimming pool, just wondering what it turns into.
Grey with Black Marks Possible Wheel Bug? (Wheel bug nymph)
(Washington Crossing PA USA)
Found in Yew hedge when trimming. Frosty gray with black marks on back.
green caterpillar (Saddleback caterpillar)
At least 10-14 hairy legs. Strange green box pattern with a red dot in the middle. Looks like it has 2 heads with 4 antennae each!