Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Golden Wheel Bug

Every so often, animals can be a different color than what they normally are. The most recognizable case is animals that have albinism or leucism. At other times, you may even see a pink katydid.

Recently, my girlfriend came across a dead wheel bug (Arilus cristatus) on a sidewalk and noticed it wasn't quite the dusty gray that most wheel bugs are. It was much more vivid: its wings had a golden shimmer to them.

While the lighting isn't optimal, you can see the golden color pretty well. Compared to the normal color of a wheel bug, it's a noticeable difference.

I'll try to get a picture of two pinned wheel bugs side by side for a better comparison and will update this post soon. Isn't it neat? You never know what nature will throw at you.


  1. I have NEVER seen a wheel bug, and I'd dearly love to. I guess it's my nemesis insect (like nemesis bird), if that's a thing!

  2. I hope you can find one soon, Rebecca! It's a beautiful insect, a true North American (and a bit into Central America) treasure!

  3. I live too far north at the moment. Hopefully someday.