Assassin Bug

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

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Assassin bug feeding on soldier beetleWheel bug (Arilus cristatus) feeding on soldier beetle

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

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

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

Assassin bug with Japanese beetle
Assassin bug with Japanese beetle

Close-up of assassin bug with Japanese beetle on marigold
Assassin bug with Japanese beetle

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 just emerged from shed skin

wheel bug nymph
Wheel bug nymph

wheel bug nymph
Wheel bug nymph

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