My neighbors daughter, Ann was here the other day.
As I was walking her out,
I noticed that the top of my artificial tree was leaning.
When I went to straighten it I saw this very unusual bug.
Look at the "sprocket" on his back..
I wonder if he is chain driven.
Ann thought he was a very unusual "tree topper".
Good one Ann.
A fellow blogger said it was a "wheel bug."
Wheel bugs are highly regarded by organic gardeners because they consume a variety of insects and their presence indicates a healthy, pesticide-free ecosystem. "They’re the lion or the eagle of your food web,” Dr. Michael J. Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland, notes. “They sit on top. When you have these big, ferocious predators in your landscape, that tells me that this is a very healthy landscape, because all these other levels in your food web are intact.”
Of course, I knew that..Thanks, Diane