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Blue spiky fiddle bug with red shoes and feelers
June 13, 2010
This bug caught my attention because it was blue and red against white vinyl siding. (Cheering for USA in the World Cup?)
The metal spikes and two blood red eyeballs on its abdomen make for an evil-looking insect, but it looked more lost than anything.
Photos taken at 5:30pm, 11 June 2010.
Maybe he has a bright idea?
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph: Acanthocephala species

This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug or Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae.  Often immature insects are difficult to identify to the species level because they change in appearance as they grow.  We have located a similar looking, also unidentified nymph on BugGuide, and that specimen was from Louisiana.  The person who submitted the photo was raising the nymphs in a terrarium, and there was some serial commentary, but there is no indication that they were ever properly identified.

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

We have posted a comment on the BugGuide page to inquire if the nymph was ever correctly identified.

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Update:  Acanthocephala species
We received a comment from lttlechkn question if this might be the nymph of Acanthocephala terminalis.  This is a good possibility, but the match to Acanthocephala declivis seems even close, based on a photo, also from Georgia, that is posted to BugGuide.

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3 Responses to Mystery: Unknown Immature Leaf Footed Bug is Acanthocephala species

  1. lttlechkn says:

    Even though its not identified on BugGuide, could it possibly be Acanthocephala terminalis?
    Using the photos on this page as a reference http://freepages.misc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~larsonmorgan/True%20Bugs/

    • bugman says:

      Thanks for assisting with this identification. If it is not Acanthocephala terminalis, is is surely another member of the genus.

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