Mating Wheel Bugs

(Arilus cristatus)
Indiana, USA – October 2018

These predatory bugs are common in North America but not very numerous. After I had first observed and photographed a single specimen, about two weeks later this freshly in love couple ran into me. She marched with him piggyback slowly but purposefully towards the next tree, which she then climbed and finally disappeared into the top.

The Wheel Bugs are considered very useful for pest control. They are quite peaceful creatures, but if they feel threatened, they can sting very painfully.

Mating Wheel Bugs
Wheel Bug
Wheel Bug