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Copyright: Paulo Tcr (tcr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 1000D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, close-up lens +4x
Exposure: f/11, 1/150 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-02 15:02
Viewed: 2278
Points: 10
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Arilus carinatus

(Foster, 1771)

Wheel bug.

The wheel bug has characteristic dorsal armor, shaped like a wheel or cog. It moves and flies slowly, and in flight produces a noisy buzzing sound. It has one of the most developed set of mouth parts among true bugs. Its beak arises from the anterior end of its long, tubular head and unfolds forward. The bug plunges its beak into its victim, pinning its prey with its front legs. It then injects enzymes into the victim, paralyzing it and dissolving its insides, and proceeds to drain all of the victim's bodily fluids. The bite of a wheel bug is painful and may take months to heal (sometimes leaving a small scar), so caution is highly advised when handling them.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-08-02 18:02]

Hello Paulo,
What a strange looking insect you have posted. I believe this is the first time I have ever viewed one. I would imagine the wheel like appendage on it,s back would probable discourage any birds from trying ti swallow it. Nice detail and beautiful colors.

wonderful closeup of the bug. interesting dorsal amor really looked as it is a shape of some machine part. good work. tfs.

My very first encounter with this extremely interesting Bug with a 'wheel' on its neck, Paulo. I don't think we have seen this insect on TN ever before.
The image is well captured, especially with that 'wheel' in perfect clarity. The composition with the flower is quite attractive.

Hello Paulo,
Indeed its an interesting insect having an unique form.Very well exposed and fine detail.
Best regards,

hallo Paulo
Great sharpness picture of this beautiful bug with nice details
i like this one
thanks greeting lou

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