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.
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