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Assassin Bug

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

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Wheel bug

Wheel bug (Arilus cristatus) feeding on soldier beetle

wheel bug nymph

Wheel bug (Arilus cristatus) nymph feeding on Colorado potato beetle larva

wheel bug nymph

Wheel bug (Arilus cristatus) nymph feeding on Colorado potato beetle larva

Mating bee assassin bugs with prey.

Mating bee assassin bugs feeding on a honey bee. Assassin bugs are general predators so they sometimes consume beneficial insects!

Assassin bug

Assassin bug with Japanese beetle

close up

Close-up of assassin bug with Japanese beetle on marigold

wheel bug emerging from shed skin

Wheel bug molting. They emerge coral colored and take about 20 minutes to darken in color.

Wheel bug emerging from shed skin Wheel bug just emerged from shed skin wheel bug just emerged from shed skin
Wheel bug

Wheel bug just emerged from shed skin

wheel bug

wheel bug

nymph

Wheel bug nymph

nymph

Wheel bug nymph

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Written By

Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production (919) 542-8244 debbie_roos@ncsu.eduN.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
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