What bug is this? (pics)

Lived here 7 years or so and have never seen this bug. Now they’re all over the place:





woah, dude i wish i knew.

ive seen one only once. it was black with gray lines though. ive always wondered what this thing is. now you say they are everywhere?

That, my friend, is an assassin called a wheel bug. Here ya go:


You may wish to note the cautions about handling them.

Woot! Thanks pixlemass. Nephews are gonna love this.

Supposed to be common to this area, but no one on our block knew what they were. Says on the site you linked NOT to kill them because they’re beneficial… hmmm that’ll be tough to resist.

Thanks again.