wheel bug

noun

: a large North American assassin bug (Arilus cristatus) that has a high serrated crest on its prothorax and preys on insects

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Assassin bugs, the group to which wheel bug belongs, and other beneficials are profiled in our pollinators and beneficial insects resources online. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 6 Oct. 2022 Some scientists suspect that certain native species, including the wheel bug and the corn spider, are beginning to take advantage of the abundant new food source in town. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wheel bug was in 1815

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“Wheel bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheel%20bug. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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