(updated 02/03/20)

“Arilus Cristatus”
a Wheeled Assassin Bug

         This assassin bug was discovered clinging to one of our deck posts back on October 17, 2017.  We often see assassin bugs in the fall and Farmer Tom likes having them around the property. 

         They are basically considered  GOOD BUGS  because they use their proboscis (dark colored in this photo) to feast on other insects including caterpillars, stink bugs, and spotted lantern flies.  However, they will also feast on beneficial insects such as lady bugs and honey bees. 

       AND maybe its a good idea to avoid touching them.