An Assassin Bug
A Wheel Bug Nymph
July 19, 2014

  Until my July 1, 2014, encounter and posting on FB, I had no idea that there was such a thing as an "assassin bug," but apparently assassin bugs include an extensive number of species.

The one I photographed is a wheel bug (Arilus cristatus); more specifically, it's a wheel bug nymph, since only the immatures have the bright red marking.

Assassin bug overview
  The wheel bug nymph would be well suited for either a horror or SF story. Following is a detailed view.
Detail of a wheel nymph
  The side view of the wheel bug nymph is no less "attractive."
Euphydryas phaeton
  Truly a strange-looking critter!

Photo note: I used the Pentax K20D, with the SMC-A* 200mm macro lens, on July 1, 2014, for these photos.

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