Wheel Bug – (Arilus cristatus)
The Wheel Bug is a stealthy assassin with a fang even humans would be wise to avoid.
Category: True Bug
Common name: Wheel Bug
Scientific Name: Arilus cristatus
Size (Adult, Length): 28mm to 36mm (1.10in to 1.42in)
Identifying Colors: brown; gray; blue; red; black
Additional Descriptors: spiky back, wheel, saw, fuzzy, arched back, fang, flying
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Quebec; Mexico
* Keep in mind that an insect’s reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.