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Assassin Bug Part 3

 
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Jul 27, 2008 20:25 |  #1

Thought I would give an update on my Assassin Bug.

The Wheel Bug, Arilus cristatus L.

He's metamorphosed, grown more knarly looking, and even struck a pose for me.

As you can see wings have developed, his abdomen now has a large spiny hump, hence the Wheel part of the name and his thorax has curved. It is also sporting new spots. It's still The Predator of the Weed Factory.

This is the adult stage.

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Jul 27, 2008 20:53 |  #2

Great capture. The colors on this one are excellent.


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Jul 27, 2008 21:06 |  #3

Great photo. Love the detail!


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Jul 28, 2008 00:48 |  #4

Wonderful shot


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Lovely shot of a deadly killer. One of the things that I haven't had the chance to get a shot of yet.

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Jul 28, 2008 10:44 |  #6

Thats a great one there. Nice shot.
i have only seen an orange colored species, and as Dave says they are serious predators.
(though i have only seen one eating a beetle - with no camera in hand.)


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