Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Name This Bug (because I can't)

Meet "Little Head", a bug I have no clue what the hell it is - except it resembles a stink bug, but do stink bugs have micro sized heads with one big tooth? Little Head is not so tiny him/herself, it's body is quite large and far outweighs it's brains, it can move very fast and reacts to humans in a skiddish paranoid way. (This trait makes me wonder if Little Head is distant ancestor of mine? Looks prehistoric, check out that fabulous dino power back!!!)
Little Head also has wings & I am really glad LH chose not to fly around while I was taking pics, because it was a little scary thinking it may be an aggressive stink bug hybrid.
The last two pictures are for scaling, to show LH's size - riding a rusty horse and sitting on a bike seat.
Can anyone name this bug? The person who can guess the true scientific name of Little Head will get a 20% discount at The Oko Box!

3 comments:

Nick bug said...

Whoa that bug is pretty awesome. Fun what we can find right around our houses.

Indy said...

That's an assassin bug. Assassin bugs are kind of a big group- I've also heard that kind there (the ones with the spikes on their backs) called "wheelbugs".

Arilus cristatus is the latin.
They're really aggressive predators, eat a lot of other bugs, and lay clusters of eggs in black, hexagonal shaped patterns on tree bark. They give a nasty bite. Very common at my parent's place back in Virginia.
IWHowlett . hotmail.com

http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/wheel_bug.htm

The Oko Box said...

Indy!
You guessed it! How awesome~~!!! I am glad I didn't get bit by this thing, since when I took the pics I had no clue what it was and that it gave a mean bite. It's nymphs are all over my back porch. :)
I will email you your coupon!
xoxo