Wisconsin Nature August 02, 2015
These 10 Bugs Found In Wisconsin Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine
Wisconsin has some fantastic things going for it. Beautiful farmland. Awesome cities. Great sports teams. But then there are bugs. Sick bugs. Gross bugs. Creepy bugs. BUGS! We are looking at ten gross bugs commonly found in Wisconsin. So if you’re not a fan of bugs, you’ll want to skip ahead!
1. American Carrion Beetle
This beetle's meal of choice? Decaying flesh. In larval and adult form.
2. American Pelecinid Wasp
This is one of the strangest looking bugs. The tail is actually part of the abdomen. But contrary what you would think, the tail isn't used for stinging. It's used for laying its eggs on the backs of grubs. Ewww.
3. Assassin Bug
Assassin bugs do exactly what their names suggest. They like to kill by stabbing their prey to death. Sometimes they come after humans. And if you get stabbed, it hurts--a lot!
4. Black Widow
This spider is famous...and sorry to break it to you, but there are some in Wisconsin. As you know, only the female is toxic. The females have a red hourglass on the bottom of their belly. If you happen to get bitten, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
5. Carolina Wolf Spider
This spider is a hunter. It won't wait to spin a web and have prey land in it. It goes out for the hunt. They are nocturnal.
6. Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer is a big pest. They can quickly populate a large population within a very short amount of time. They destroy trees. For that reason, don't move firewood.
7. Leaf-footed bug
I love the shape of their feet. If you don't see them, you might hear them zipping by as they making a purring sound.
8. North American Jumping Spider
These spiders look freaky and have an amazing ability to jump. With no running start, they can jump three or four times their body length. But while startling, they are totally harmless to humans.
Yes, Wisconsin has scorpions! But they are not dangerous scorpions like you find in the Southwest. They don't have a tail or a stinger. While their claws have venom, the amount isn't enough to harm humans.
10. Running Crab Spider
If these spiders were football players, they'd be wide receivers. They're incredibly fast. They can easily outrun predators and human hands. They run after prey and inject them with venom, consuming them whenever they want.
What’s the sickest bug you’ve run across in Wisconsin? Let us know in the comments.