Can you identify the insect on the attached photo please?

Asked October 15, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

Can you identify the insect on the attached photo please?

Frederick County Maryland beneficial insect wheel bug

1 Response

The insect in the photo looks like a wheel bug, a type of assassin bug. They are important predators in the home garden and beneficial. They feed on a wide variety of pests. Do not handle them as they can inflict a painful bite to you as well as their prey. See our website for more information http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/insects/predators-assassin-bugs
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