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Subject: Cricket with wings or a Beetle
Location: Arizona
September 24, 2015 10:11 pm
A friend of mine was traveling in Arizona and she almost stepped on this big 2 inch bug/beetle,
It looks kind of like a big black fly but also looks lie a cricket with wings.
Can you tell me what it is?
Signature: Darlene

Giant Mesquite Bug

Giant Mesquite Bug

Dear Darlene,
Your friend encountered a Giant Mesquite Bug.  Most of the images of this species on our site are of the colorful immature Giant Mesquite Bugs that feed in groups.  The flattened segment on the antennae is quite distinctive, and the powerful legs on your individual indicates it is a male.

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Subject: Leaf-footed bug?
Location: Orosi, COsta Rica
September 20, 2015 12:02 pm
Found this bug while walking in the mountains of Costa Rica.
There were several nearby.
Very unusual looking legs.
I had never heard of “leaf footed” bugs before but that certainly seams to define this one.
Can you identify!
Is it harmful to the farms?
Thank you.
Signature: BCR

Flag Footed Bug

Flag Footed Bug

Dear BCR,
Leaf Footed Bug is a non-specific family name for the group of True Bugs further classified in the family Coreidae, but several Central and South American species like your magnificent
Anisocelis flavolineata are commonly called Flag Footed Bugs because the tibiae of the hind legs are especially banner-like.  Like other True Bugs, Flag Footed Bugs have mouths adapted to piercing and sucking, and though we have not been able to determine a preferred food in our online searching, many images depict them on Passionflower Vines, so we suspect that might be a preferred food.

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Subject: Souther Arizona flying beetle?
Location: Tubac, Arizona
August 25, 2015 8:08 pm
Hey Bugman!
My friend, Tim, is visiting Tubac, Arizona and sent me this.
“so this guy is big, 1 1/4” snout to tail. good flyer, has mouth parts like an assassin bug, and has 1/8” circles 2/3 of the way out on his antennae.
i was thinking kissing bug, but never found a pic of that crazy antenna.”
Thank you!
Signature: Tim via Tomas

Giant Mesquite Bug

Giant Mesquite Bug

Dear Tim vie Tomas,
Thank you for providing such a detailed description of this Giant Mesquite Bug.  The Giant Mesquite Bug does not have the evolutionarily evolved legs of many other members of the Big Legged or Leaf Footed Bug family Coreidae.  Immature nymphs are quite colorful and often congregate until they grow wings and can disperse.  Your detailed description included the enlarged antennae segments of the Giant Mesquite Bug, but alas, you need a faster shutter speed, probably quicker than 1/250, to keep the rapidly moving antennae from blurring.

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Subject: Can you help?
Location: Rockledge, Florida
August 20, 2015 10:29 am
Hello! I just caught this bug on my deck this afternoon in central Florida. Looking at the site it looks very similar to the Western Conifer Seed bug, but wondering if that is accurate or if this is an Eastern variety or something closer to an assassin bug?
It does fly. About 3/4″ long. Really super cool and would love to know some more about it!
Signature: Kelly

Eastern Leaf Footed Bug

Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Kelly,
You are quite astute.  While this is not a Western Conifer Seed Bug, it is a member of the same genus.  We believe it is the Leaf Footed Bug
Leptoglossus zonatus because of this BugGuide description:  “Two yellowish spots on the forward part of the pronotum are distinctive.   Also has a zigzagging white band across the wings (like some other species).   Expansions of the hind tibiae are also much larger and more jagged than most other species.”

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Subject: What are these bright-red bugs that are swarming a single lemon balm (herb) leaf in my garden in Birmingham, Alabama?
Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
August 20, 2015 12:47 pm
I was watering my garden in Birmingham, Alabama today (Aug. 20, 2015) and saw these small bright-red bug covering just one single leaf of our lemon balm (it’s an herb) plant. Does anyone know what they are? I have no clue, as I have never encountered them before.
Thank you!
Signature: Connor

Hatchling True Bugs

Hatchling True Bugs

Dear Connor,
These are hatchling True Bugs or Heteropterans, and hatchlings can be difficult to identify, but we suspect they are Leaf Footed Bug hatchlings in the family Coreidae.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.

Thank you so much! Great to know that they’re not a danger to humans, though our poor tomato garden showing makes more sense in light of this. Really appreciate the help.

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Subject: Leaf footed bug?
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
August 16, 2015 12:31 pm
Could you identify this guy for me? I did some research and the closest thing to him that I’ve found is a leaf footed bug. He was found at an apartment complex in June, middle of the day, and was stationary on the hand railing in an urban area. The railing in the picture is 2/3 inches thick. Thanks in advance!
Signature: B.G.

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear B.G.,
You are correct in a very general way.  You are correct that this is a Leaf Footed Bug, but that is a general name for a member of a family that in North America, according to BugGuide, numbers “88 spp. in 33 genera north of Mexico, just over 1000 spp. in 165 genera in the New World, ~1,900 spp. in ~270 genera worldwide.”  It is a member of the genus
Acanthocephala, a genus with four species in North America according to BugGuide which provides the names “Big-footed or Big-legged Plant Bug.”  We believe this is a female Florida Leaf Footed Bug,  Acanthocephala femorata based on this BugGuide description:  “Antennae uniformly colored, dull reddish or orangish; flange on hind tibia gently tapering distally; male hind femur greatly swollen and bearing a large spike; female hind femur slender and bearing several small spikes.”

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