Wheel Bug - Arilus cristatus - in three sizes

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Wheel Bug - Arilus cristatus - in three sizes

Post by dougsmit »

I was thrilled this week to add a group of what I suspect to be really small Arilus cristatus to my photo captures. Below are the babies (ID confirmation needed), a 'teen' and adult. They are common in my yard.
EDIT: I am now informed that the first image here shows Leaf Footed Bugs rather than Wheel Bugs. I hope they stick around so I can get adult images.
The following two were correctly IDed as Wheel Bugs.

Sorry for the error in the original post.

More (and a couple other Assassin varieties): http://www.pbase.com/dougsmit/assassin
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Post by rjlittlefield »

Doug, welcome aboard! :D I looked a little bit at your pbase site when I activated your membership (was it really just yesterday?). Nice stuff there, and I'm very happy to see it starting to appear in our forums too.

This and your previous reply in Sue Alden's topic are flawless first posts. Three great photographs in a new topic, well within the posting guidelines for image and file size, and a link to more photos elsewhere. It just doesn't get better than that!

I'm looking forward to more pictures, and I'll say it again -- welcome aboard, we're delighted you joined in! :D


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Post by salden »

Hi Doug

Yep, these guys are great, but their bite is painful (word of mouth, not from experience :lol: ).

Last year I posted an image of these guy hatching out. It was interesting that some of them were white (not the red) and the little red guys were eating the white ones.
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Post by beetleman »

A great set of photos Doug. Welcome to the forums (extending hand out in friendship). So this is the full sequence in the life of a wheelbug. We need some egg pictures. DOF and focus are excellent in all three photos. I look forward to seeing more. :smt023
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