what is this
Location: gatlinburg tn
July 3, 2011 10:45 pm
was in the smoky mountains and spotted this bug. in gatlinburg tn.. what is this
This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae, but we do not recognize the species. The metallic blue coloration of the abdomen, red eyes and striped legs are all significant features that might be used for identification. We have found a match on bugGuide from nearby North Carolina, but alas, it is not identified beyond the family level. There was a speculation on that posting that it might be Acanthocephala terminalis, and BugGuide has images of immature individuals that seem to indicate that is a strong possibility. The information page on BugGuide may provide you with additional insight.