good or bad bugs? red ant/aphid/nymph of some sort?

lenahall(7b)June 25, 2013

this guy wasn't in a group w/ cronies, if that helps?

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lenahall(7b)

another pic

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:51PM
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lenahall(7b)

i don't see a proboscis...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:53PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Congratulations. That's the nymph of a predatory Wheel Bug. Google their adult stage so that you can learn what they look like.....pretty wierd.

Wheel bugs (and other predators) don't hang out in gangs, but quickly go their separate ways as soon as they hatch. You can't see a proboscis because it's tucked up under the head....unless in use.

By the way, the adults aren't shy about stabbing the heck out of any curious human wanting to hold it. Yeouch!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 8:34AM
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lenahall(7b)

thanks for the response!! i'm very excited to have a good guy patrolling my garden :)
maybe it will chow down on some squash bugs!!!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 7:47AM
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lenahall(7b)

i have a new bug question... this little guy is orangeish... maybe a ladybug nymph? also check out what i think is the same wheel bug behind this new arrival :)

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 3:56PM
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lenahall(7b)

here's another pic of what i think is my wheel bug.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 3:59PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Lena, these recent pictures are not close enough or are of an odd angle that make ID difficult.

The first one is not a ladybug larva, of that we can be certain. Does the second insect have a large, wheel-like hump on its thorax? If so, it is a wheel bug.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 1:20PM
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