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wheel bug

n.
A large assassin bug (Arilus cristatus) of North America that has a notched, wheellike projection on the back of the thorax and preys on other insects.
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wheel bug

n
(Animals) a large predatory North American heteropterous insect, Arilus cristatus, having a semicircular thoracic projection: family Reduviidae (assassin bugs)
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wheel′ bug`


n.
an assassin bug, Arilus cristatus, that has a rounded sawtoothed crest behind the head and is a bloodsucker of insects.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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Noun1.wheel bug - large predatory North American bug that sucks the blood of other insectswheel bug - large predatory North American bug that sucks the blood of other insects
assassin bug, reduviid - a true bug: long-legged predacious bug living mostly on other insects; a few suck blood of mammals
Arilus, genus Arilus - a genus of Reduviidae
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For example, wheel bug, the western corsair and leaf-footed bug all resemble the kissing bug.
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During this survey, we also observed feeding on brown marmorated stink bug adults and nymphs in the field by the common reduviid predator known as the wheel bug, Arilus cristatus (L.) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) and several species of large spiders.