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As I was closing up at work and around 10:30 p.m., I happened to find this bug outside the window. I live in Oklahoma so it is hot and humid during the summer. It has six legs and antennas, a flat back, and has a bland brown color to it. What kind of bug is it? Is it dangerous?


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This is an adult "Wheel Bug," Arilus cristatus .  They should be abundant or at least common in your area.  Here is more about them:

They are certainly not dangerous, but handle one carelessly and it can inflict an excruciating bite in self-defense.  They are generalist predators of other insects and hunt both day and night.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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