Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wheel Bug

As I sit to write this blog post, I'm realizing that I smell of dill.  LOL.  I was cutting stalks of dill that had dried in my garden and laying them in areas I'd like it to seed for next year.  Good thing I like the smell of dill.

As I was heading out the back door with a bucket of water from our bathtub today, I found this fellow on the steps.  A wheel bug!  Honestly, this is the first wheel bug I've ever seen in my garden.  I understand that they can deliver a painful bite so I didn't touch him, but I got some nice close up photos.  Eventually, he moved out of my path so I didn't have to step over him too many times.

A front came through yesterday bringing us cooler weather.  We had been up near 100 degrees Fahrenheit last week and through the weekend, but today it is only around 80 degrees.


  1. I've never seen a wheel bug! The front came through here as well and it was much nicer and less humid today!

  2. What an odd creature! I wonder what their range is. I've never heard of them. That wheel is sure a distinctive feature.

  3. GoSS, I've never seen a real wheel bug but I've seen lots of pictures of them. They are an interesting looking insect for sure. They are a beneficial bug and dine on the bugs that will destroy foliage. Nature is a harsh realm to live in that's for sure. They are not supposed to be in Kansas and yet there he/she is. They are a relative of the stink bug so maybe cousins came visiting. What do you think? :-)

    Have a great wheel bug day.

  4. We're getting that same front and my oh my, is it ever nice. Cool bug. I don't think I've ever seen one before but will steer clear if I do.

  5. I love the smell of dill. Last week at the market a vendor had a jar of freshly cut dill stalks on her table. They weren't for sale. She just brushed them now and then to put the smell of dill in the air. :)


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