enter image description here Is this some type of moth, it looks dangerous is it? I have only seen something like this once before. Thank you for any information you can give me.

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    $\begingroup$ Where did you find this insect? $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ Black and red, probably dangerous! In case you don't know for sure, don't play with it. $\endgroup$
    – alec_djinn
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 12:43
  • $\begingroup$ better to say which region / country and what kind of habitat you found that. $\endgroup$
    – рüффп
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 18:25

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That's a wheel bug (Arilus cristatus), a species of assassin bug named for the wheel-shaped projection on their thorax. They tend to prey on pest insects, but they do "bite" humans with their proboscis. The result is an extremely painful, itchy welt, though non-venomous.

These one's don't attack unprovoked, however, so generally just when trying to handle them. You should handle them with gloves.


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