Is this a kissing bug?

Asked November 21, 2020, 5:10 PM EST

Found this fellow in Columbia MD on Saturday 11/21, lounging on a sidewalk; over 1" in length. Thanks for your help, stay well!

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

The insect looks like it may be a wheel bug, a type of assassin bug and a good predator. It is often mistaken for a kissing bug. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/predators-assassin-bugs
Here is our page on the kissing bug. Scroll down to look alikes. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/kissing-bugs#look
More MD Biodiversity photos https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/view/10191

Marian