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

Garden Fleahopper

(Microtechnites bractatus)
Indiana, USA – September 2018

Compared to this bug, the cloverleaf on which it sits looks huge. The rounded shape and the receding wings indicate that it is a female. She was busy with her personal hygiene, after she had apparently relieved herself (yellowish drop). I feel a bit like a voyeur watching a bathroom scene.

Bug on Cloverleaf