Friday, July 23, 2010

Clean Your Plate: Around the Web This Week

You guys are so good!  The mystery bug this week was indeed a wheel bug, a type of assassin beetle, with a wheel-shaped pronotal armor (I think it looks like a saw blade!).  These guys prey upon insects such as caterpillars and Japanese beetles, piercing them with their beak to inject salivary fluids that dissolve soft tissue (ew!).  Because most of their prey are pests, wheel bugs are considered beneficial insects, although they can inflict a painful bite if handled carelessly.

In other news, here's your weekend reading material.  Stay cool!
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