Toad Bugs could be mistaken for amphibians were it not for the very insect-like legs.
Toad Bugs not only look like toads, they leap like them, too. Found in wet and muddy habitats, Toad Bugs eat other insects and capture them by pouncing on them. They are well camouflaged and quite small, so finding one in nature may take effort and a keen eye.
Like the amphibian, Toad Bugs have large, bulging eyes and wide, round bodies. Some may have bumps and armor-like ridges. Skinny, stick-like legs are nothing like the fleshy, muscular legs that actual toads have, so they are a useful feature for recognizing that the tiny creature is an insect.
Scientific Name: Various spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 11mm (0.23in to 0.43in)
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