This Wheel Bug was photographed at the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Hutchins, Texas. Wheel Bugs are so named because of the gear-like structure located on the top of their thorax.
Wheel Bug are accomplished predators, and feed on many different kinds of pest insects. In this case, a stink bug has been captured. The wheel Bug has impales its victim and injects paralyzing and digestive enzymes into its victims.
Also noticeable in this picture are a number of small flies joining in on the stink bug feast.
Finally, a note of caution. Wheel Bugs will bite if handled. Their bite is reportedly very painful and can take a long time to heal.
|Date||–||Jun 23, 2013|
|Time of Day||–||Afternoon|
|Temperature||–||Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)|
|Type of Behavior||–||Feeding|
|Main Article||–||Wheel Bug||Observation Location|