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Wheel Bug

In the fall the wheel bugs hang in past the first frost. I don't know if they overwinter but I always find them hanging around the doors to my house when it starts getting cold. This one was on my front door so I transferred him to a flower for a photo.


"Mr Wheel Bug ... You're a Scary Guy!" This is a line from the Wheel Bug Rap (see below)



The Wheel Bug Rap

Said (or sung) with a funky beat


Your nose is a hypodermic needle,

Your back has wings to fly,

Your legs have hooks to grasp your prey,

And hold them till they die.



They call you wheel bug,

Cause your back is a wheel,

It's shape is kinda rough.

You're a real bug

With wings, six legs,

And lots of other insect stuff.


Your head is shaped like two arrows,

Right On It ... a beak and three eyes,

With two feelers of red, you're a sight to dread!

Mr. Wheel Bug ... you're a scary guy.




Your beak extends like a switch blade,

It's pointed and hollow and kills!

It's a real poison pen ... but there's more!

It's a straw to drink your meals.




Wheel bug you're so ... prehistoric,

It's good you're only ... one inch long,

I'm glad you're a bug and I'm not one,

And that's the end of this song.


My first wheel bug shot taken last year:

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Taken on November 7, 2014