Wheel Bug in Kitchen

Question: I found this bug in my kitchen. It has been upside down for three days. I put it right back and it twitches its leg a little but stays put. It has a leafy body with a mouth and face similar to a butterfly. What type of bug is this? Is it dangerous? I found it near a dead mouse.

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Answer:
This is a wheel bug. They are a predatory, usually on other insects. It sounds like it is close to being dead if it isn’t moving much. They should not be handled since they are able to deliver a painful bite. Keep your eyes out for mice as they are very destructive, spread filth, allergens etc. 



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