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I live in south eastern Pennsylvania, USA. About a month ago I came across this very peculiar insect. Its body was about an inch long, it was fuzzy, and it had a long proboscis(?) and long orange legs. I've been wondering about it ever since. Can anyone identify it?

fuzzy big nosed insect

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This is the nymph of a bug (Hemiptera) from the Genus Arilus, probably Arilus cristatus, also known as "wheel bug".

Here is another image of it, for comparison:

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Source: http://bugguide.net/node/view/288330

And here is the adult:

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_bug

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