what's that bug on my friend's arbs?

MissMoss(5)August 16, 2013

A friend of mine found this bug on his arborvitaes. It came attached to this "pod" thingy that I think is a bagworm and bad news. But is the bug a bagworm as well? Looks a bit like a stinkbug and not like a moth at all.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The insect is a wheel bug. Do not handle as they are capable of stabbing. Can't tell for sure about the 'pod ' from the angle.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 11:47PM
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MissMoss(5)

yikes! I just read up on wheel bugs! It seems they are considered beneficial so I will let this one out of its prison.... The sacs are bag worms, I saw a lot of them on my friend's arborvitaes, which isn't good.
Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:12AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm curious....how is it stuck to the bag worm?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 6:05PM
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MissMoss(5)

it had its mouthpiece (the one they pierce victims with) inserted through the narrow end of the bagworm cocoon. I am assuming it tried to feed on the catepillar (?) inside. It let go only after some vigorous shaking of the plastic container.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 3:51PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You have to admit.....that's pretty darned 'smart ' for an insect.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 4:54PM
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MissMoss(5)

that's what I thought too :) Found a victim that couldn't escape.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 7:59AM
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MulchMama

Well, good! We have no shortage of bagworms this year, and we always see loads of wheelbugs late every summer and through the fall. I had no idea they feasted on bagworms -- good to know -- because I can only hand pick so many!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 11:04AM
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MulchMama

Well, good! We have no shortage of bagworms this year, and we always see loads of wheelbugs late every summer and through the fall. I had no idea they feasted on bagworms -- good to know -- because I can only hand pick so many!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 11:05AM
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