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  • Leaf-Footed Bug - (Acanthocephala spp.)

    Leaf-Footed Bug - (Acanthocephala spp.)

    The stout and sturdy Leaf-Footed Bug will fight with males of its own species, but takes flight at the first sign of danger.

    Staff Writer (10/2/2017): The Leaf-Footed Bug has a wide, prominent carapace ('shoulders') that somewhat resembles armor.The males of this large plant-eating family have unusually thick thighs, often edged with spikes. Their lower legs may be shaped somewhat like a dried leaf: irregular and flat. These parts of the leg are used to fight other males in order to win a female to mate with. Click below to see a female laying eggs:

    Leaf-Footed Bugs make a loud noise when they fly, or as a means of defense when they are threatened or bothered. A foul odor can also be emitted as a defensive adaptation.

    The majority of species are found in the southern United States, but they range across the entire North American continent. Some prefer arid deserts, while others prefer humid, more tropical climes or temperate forests.

    All adults feed on plant juices and can be found on a variety of vegetation including prairie plants like Joe-Pye Weed, goldenrods and hawthorns as well as trees and shrubs. Adults will fly away if approached. Larvae feed on ash trees and other plants.

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    Details of the:
    Leaf-Footed Bug

    Category: True Bug
    Common name: Leaf-Footed Bug
    Scientific Name: Acanthocephala spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Coreidae
           Genus: Acanthocephala
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 22mm (0.39in to 0.87in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; gray; black; red; yellow; orange; white

    Additional Descriptors: thighs, spikes, legs, flying, butt, antennae

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhose Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virgina; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Sasketchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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