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05/26/2009 11:47:04 PM · #1
Found this crawling on some trimmed branches from a tree in my back yard. Haven't seen one before. Looks like an ant but I've not seen an abdomen like this before. Anyone have a clue?

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05/26/2009 11:52:14 PM · #2
Bug, no doubt about it. Six legs and antennae, gotta be a bug.
ETA : )

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05/26/2009 11:55:33 PM · #3
Scientific name for this bug is:

Redbugis ondpcus
05/26/2009 11:58:29 PM · #4
I have seen these, We always called them wood beatles but I am sure that is not the correct name. Infact I would bet that redbugis ondpcus would be a closer bet. lol
05/26/2009 11:58:35 PM · #5
If it had 8 legs, I'd say it was a spider. Luckily it only has six--I don't like spiders.
05/27/2009 12:10:47 AM · #6
Judging from your photo, you have an early instar wheel bug nymph.
Arilus cristatus
Edited to add space in wheel bug.

Message edited by author 2009-05-27 00:11:42.
05/27/2009 12:10:47 AM · #7
box elder bug nymph
05/27/2009 12:20:31 AM · #8
A winner! This is indeed a wheel bug nymph. Thanks ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' spiritualspatula!
05/27/2009 12:48:47 AM · #9
Originally posted by krafty1:

A winner! This is indeed a wheel bug nymph. Thanks ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' spiritualspatula!

Glad to be of use. I usually keep an eye out for these threads as entomology is minor on the list of my way-too-many hobbies.
Just an FYI, these bugs and most other assassin/ambush bugs are pretty docile, but if you piss them off they can inflict a rather painful bite with their syphon-like proboscis. They are predacious and feed on pretty much anything they can find.
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