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Subject: What this bug?
Location: Tennessee
July 16, 2016 4:53 pm
We found this bug on my husbands cruiser. We live in OakRidge TN. The season of course is summer. He became very aggressive when caught and changed colors.
Signature: Christen T.

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Dear Christen,
This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and you may compare your image to this BugGuide image.

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Subject: Pretty spider with metallic blue butt
Location: North New Jersey, USA (woodsy and mountainous region)
July 11, 2016 5:15 pm
Hello,
This seemingly friendly spider/ or insect was crawling on me and despit my attepts to put it back on the grass, it kept finding its was back on to me over a period of hours.
Its truly gorgeous. It moved slowly, seemed alert to sounds around it and may have hopped a little.
i’ve looked everywhere on line but could not identify it.
Signature: Cassi

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Dear Cassi,
Our previous posting was of a Leaf Footed Bug nymph in the same genus,
Acanthocephala, and most likely of the same species, Acanthocephala terminalis.  Your northern location has only one member of that genus reported, and it is A. terminalis.  Your difficulty in finding an identification is due in large part to the fact that immature insects can look very different than adults from the same species, and most identification guides only depict adults of the species.  We can’t help but to notice that there appears to be paint on your skin.  Perhaps something in the paint created an odor that attracted this Leaf Footed Bug nymph.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “shrubs in woodlands/wood edges; fields and meadows” which agrees with your description of your location. 

Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Thank you so much for clearing that up!
I greatly appreciate your time and consideration!
Cassi

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Subject: Really
Location: Dyersburg Tennessee
July 11, 2016 4:18 pm
Hi my mom found this bug and thinks it’s rare bug..she nor anyone she has shown knows what it is and can’t find another like it online..please help
Signature: Jodi from chicago

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Dear Jodi,
This is an immature bug, and available identification images are generally of the adults, so let mom and friends know why they had so much difficulty.  We believe this Leaf-Footed Bug nymph is in the genus
Acanthocephala, probably Acanthocephala terminalis based on the range according to BugGuide sightings.

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Subject: Whats this bug
Location: Brasil / sao paulo
July 6, 2016 9:25 am
Found in brasil / sao paulo
Best regards!
Signature: Eduardo k

Flag Footed Bug

Flag Footed Bug

Dear Eduardo,
This amazing insect is a Flag Footed Bug,
Diactor bilineatus, and according to TrekNature:  “The longevity of the adult is of 30 days, of form that the complete cycle of the species they live approximately two months, depending on the climatic conditions. The nymphs of this species suck the seiva of the floral buttons and new fruits, and the adults also attack leves, branches and fruits of any age.”

Thankyou very much!
It is a plague for passion fruit crops!
My best regards!
Eduardo Korkes

Hello again Eduardo,
From what we have read, passion fruit is the known host for this Flag Footed Bug.

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Subject: Red-Orange Bug Needs a Name
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
June 23, 2016 1:13 pm
Hello What’s That Bug!
Found a bunch of these little guys covering a tree at Yamato Scrub Natural Area in Boca Raton, Florida. The picture doesn’t do the bug justice – they are bright reddish-orange – really stand out in the woods! I’m not sure if this is a juvenile form or an adult form. I’m hoping you can give me a proper identification. As always, I enjoy your web site and appreciate the service you provide to us amateur naturalists!
Signature: Ann Mathews

Giant Milkweed Bug Nymph

Giant Milkweed Bug Nymph

Dear Ann,
This is an immature True Bug, and nymphs can often be very difficult to properly identify.  Most guide books only contain images of adult insects.  This Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae is
Sephina gundlachii, also known as the Giant Milkweed Bug (not to be confused with the Large Milkweed Bug or the Small Milkweed Bug) and we identified it thanks to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, it feeds on climbing milkweed.  Only reported from Florida on BugGuide, this is only the second report we have received.  Perhaps you will be able to send us a nice image of a winged adult in the future.

Once again, What’s That Bug comes to the rescue and identifies an unknown creepy crawly for me. I’ll do my best to get a picture of an adult giant milkweed bug. If any of the photos look halfway decent I’ll be sure to send them your way. I always learn such interesting things every time I visit your web site. I can’t say that for too many web sites these days – so keep up the great work!
Ann Mathews
Palm Beach County
Department of Environmental Resources Management

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Subject: Weird bug
Location: Houston Texas USA
June 23, 2016 5:47 pm
These bugs have been hanging around my cucumbers. What are they are they friendly or foe?
Signature: Lam

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Lam,
We are confident that these immature Leaf Footed Bugs are in the genus
Leptoglossus based on this BugGuide image, and several members of the genus are found in Texas.  They can be difficult to tell apart at this young age.  According to BugGuide:  “some [species] are extremely polyphagous” meaning they feed on a large number of plant species, and “most of our spp. are considered economically damaging [to plants]”.  In short, this is not a beneficial species on your cucumber plants. 

Thank you.  The adult looks like what we call a stink bug.

Stink Bugs and Leaf Footed Bugs are both True Bugs, but they are different families.

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