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Leaf-footed Bug - C. tabulata (Chelinidea tabulata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Leaf-footed Bug - C. tabulata.




Commonly found on prickly pear, this plant bug has big legs and can emit strong odor.



 Updated: 6/19/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org




This species of Leaf-footed Bug is light brown with a flared side ridge that has pale stripes along the edges. The wings are dark and overlap each other, laying flat on the body with the lower half exposed. The lower part of the leg is flattened and wide, but not to the extent of other bugs of its kind. Small spikes dot along the edge. Antennae are similar in color to the legs and also thick. The thorax is slightly pointed at the ‘shoulder caps’. It is a strong flier and may be audible when in flight. It can also emit a detectable odor when threatened or handled. Nymphs, or juveniles, are light green and flat with a wide body. They may be found on the same cactus with a few other nymph or possibly adults.

Prickly pear cactus is a host plant for this bug, and it can be found where the cactus grows. Though it is only found in Mexico and the southwestern part of the U.S., its range expands farther south into Central America as well. It uses its mouthparts to suck juices from the plant. While this feeding habit does not hurt the cactus, it can ruin the aesthetic of the plant and its fruit by discoloring it.


General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Coreidae [ View More ]
          Genus: Chelinidea [ View More ]
            Species: tabulata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Descriptors
Scientific Name: Chelinidea tabulata
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 16mm (0.47in to 0.62in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; tan; green
Descriptors: thick antennae; thick legs; flattened legs; wide thighs; side stripes; shoulder caps; flying; prickly pear bug
Relative Size Comparison
Lo: 12mm | Hi: 16mm
Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
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Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
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