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Subject:  What’s these bugs?
Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Bragg, NC
Date: 12/05/2017
Time: 01:55 PM EDT
These 2 bugs look like giant stink bugs but I know they’re not because when I killed them I smelled them and they like apples. I know that sounds crazy, I was even amazed by it but that’s what they smelled like to me!  I saw one of these last week but I was unable to get any good pictures of it. Today I got great shots of both of them and  I still have their bodies. Please help me identify what type of bugs they are because it’s driving me nuts. Thank you, I will await your response!  Have a nice day Gail Barnes!!
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Big Legged Bugs

Dear Gail,
These are Big Legged Bugs in the genus
Acanthocephala, and we are intrigued by your observation that they smell like apples.

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Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Tupelo MS
Date: 12/02/2017
Time: 03:19 PM EDT
Is this poisonous to dogs
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Big Legged Bug

Dear Lisa,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and to the best of our knowledge, they are neither venomous nor poisonous to dogs or other creatures, however we would not discount the possibility that if a Big Legged Bug came into contact with pesticides or herbicides used in the garden or home, or if the bug fed from a toxic plant like oleander, that those factors might have a negative effect on a pet that swallowed the bug.

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Subject:  Kissing Bug or Stink Bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Marrero, Louisiana
Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 07:32 AM EDT
On November 23, 2017 the children at the daycare I work at found this insect on the play yard. They think it’s a stink bug, but I’m almost sure it’s a kissing bug. I said the back legs look like he takes steroids and hits the gym regularly for leg day. I’ve never seen a stink bug that looks like this.
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Big Legged Bug

Dear Not A Bug Fan,
None of the above.  This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.

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Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Texas
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 12:15 AM EDT
My friend claims this is the type of bug that can transmit  Chagas disease.  I don’t agree. Who is right?
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Big Legged Bug

You are correct.  Blood Sucking Conenose Bugs or Kissing Bugs are Assassin Bugs in the genus Triatoma,  and they are known to spread Chagas Disease.  Though many other Assassin Bugs are known to bite, most species are considered harmless to humans.  Your friends don’t even have the family correct, and one must generalize the identification all the way to the insect suborder Heteroptera to even consider them correct.  This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus Acanthocephala, a member of the family Coreidae in the suborder Heteroptera, a very very distant relative of the disease carrying Kissing Bugs.

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Subject:  Hello
Geographic location of the bug:  In my house
Date: 11/17/2017
Time: 08:36 PM EDT
Hello. I am a young entomologist and I just found out about The website from the bugopedia and I am happy that I found out about you. I am not sure what this Bug is but I Think it is some kind of stink Bug because it stinks.
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Western Conifer Seed Bug

This is not a Stink Bug.  It is a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae.  Your individual looks like a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a species that frequently enters homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.  We don’t know where on the planet your house was built, but we can tell you that the Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest, but has spread across North America beginning in the 1960s.  Shortly after the beginning of the 21st Century, it was also reported in Europe and it is now commonly found across northern Europe where it is considered an Invasive Species.

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Subject:  Monarch butterfly predator
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, AZ
Date: 10/30/2017
Time: 06:11 PM EDT
This bug is eating my monarchs.  What kind is it and what can I do to  prevent them attaching my monarchs.
Many thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Kathryn e

Western Leaf Footed Bug: Monarch predator?????

Dear Kathryn,
We need some clarification.  How do you know these Western Leaf Footed Bugs,
Leptoglossus clypealis, are feeding upon your Monarchs?  Are they feeding on adult Monarchs or Monarch Caterpillars?  Leaf Footed Bugs are not known to be a predatory family.  Furthermore, they would not be feeding upon milkweed which is the only place they would encounter Monarch Caterpillars.  We seriously doubt your claim which is why we would like to know details.  The Western Leaf Footed Bug can be distinguished from other similar looking members of the genus by the presence of a spine on the head known as a tylus, a feature pictured on BugGuide.

Daniel,
First let me thank you for taking the time to help me.  I know you and others volunteer your time for which, I am very grateful.  I am new to studying Monarchs as I have started planting milkweed, caring for eggs, larva, and butterflies, releasing Monarchs here in AZ, and documenting data with the SW Monarch Study for the last two years.  This is my first foray into bug identification and study.
Thank you for letting me know the name of the bug and I am glad to know he is not a predator.  I have an abundance of aphids, Assassin bugs, and green lacewings so there is much going on in the garden.
Thank you so much for volunteering your time, it is truly a gift.
Kathryn Elsaesser

Thanks for responding Kathryn,
If we are understanding your response correctly, you merely suspected this might be a Monarch predator and you have no actual first hand observations of any predation.

Yes, that is correct.

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