I found a wheelbug in my hair!!!!
I was out in my vegetable working for awhile this morning and came in to get a drink. While sitting down at the table pondering the plans for my new cold frame, I felt something in my hair. I casually brushed my hair with my hand and out fell a large wheelbug on the table. (Irilus cristatas) EKE!! Fortunately it didn't bite me but it freaked me out.
I've been ducking these guys in my garden for weeks, being really careful to look for them before approaching...but it's a jungle out there right now and I'm getting a little concerned about being bitten by one of them. They're everywhere! It's not unusual to see 4 or 5 a day and I've seen up to 6 at once...without even looking for them.
I'm hoping that someone will tell me they won't bother me if I don't provoke them but that might not be as easy as I thought. I've read that they can spit up to 3' and that the venom? can be excruciatingly painful.
Any experiences with these...these interesting, beneficial (hah) insects? My pole beans are lush and I haven't picked any for days because of them. I have a good infestation of bean beetles right now. Does anyone know if they eat BB larvae? I know they eat caterpillars and japanese beetles.