Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus) is a true bug in the Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs) that preys on pest insects. Notice the red proboscis below the head of the Wheel Bug — a non-retractable structure that is used to pierce and suck the life juices from prey.
This is one crazy-looking bug — the “wheel” on its back reminds me of Stegosaurus!
Related Resource: All bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs, a blog post by The DragonflyWoman.
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