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_MG_9201 Wheel Bug
11-NOV-2013

_MG_9201 Wheel Bug

One of the scariest bugs I've ever seen - also known as an "assassin bug", it is a friend of man: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/3104/3104-1585/3104-1585.html

I spied this one seemingly limping across my deck railing and "shot" it up close with a 17mm lens - that didn't work out too well, so I returned inside and grabbed my 300mm f/4L which has a nice macro range.

As I pointed it at the bug, it flew to the other side of the deck. I had NO IDEA it could fly and that made it even scarier - it can bite!

Canon EOS 7D ,Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
1/400s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso100 full exif

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Range View 12-Nov-2013 10:21
Thanks Isabel.
I see the eye now on the skinny head near the base of the antenna.
David.
Raymond Ma12-Nov-2013 07:14
Wow, so interesting a bug. Prehistoric looking with the head spikes. V
Helen Betts12-Nov-2013 05:46
Fascinating! I have never seen anything like this. And hope to never do so in person. Great capture and courage ;-).
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet11-Nov-2013 21:48
Beautiful picture of the impressive insect.
Range View 11-Nov-2013 21:38
Certainly looks a strange creature with that wheel like head, splendid shot Isabel.
David.
Raymond11-Nov-2013 21:37
Wow, I'm glad it lives only under your climate!
Judith Barnett11-Nov-2013 21:24
I have heard the name and seen one on TV but never in person. I would be creeped out!