Big Legged Bug

Subject: Big Black Flying Bug
Location: Mid-Missouri, USA
April 25, 2016 6:36 am
Found this guy yesterday eyeing me from the roof.
It’s springtime in Rolla, Missouri and all the bugs are happy.
He’s about an inch and a half long, looks all black, and must have good eyesight because he was looking at me. I thought he was a stink bug at first, but his body is round. He has a hump on his back, so maybe a relative of the whirligig beetle?
Signature: Bob in Rolla

Big Legged Bug
Big Legged Bug

Dear Bob,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.  They are Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae, and they are in the same suborder as Stink Bugs, hence the resemblance.

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