Twig Wilters from South Africa

Bug colony in my garden
Location: Guateng South Africa
February 7, 2012 12:07 am
Hi WTB
I live in Gauteng, South Africa. I recently stumbled upon this bug in my garden and was amazed to see that there is a whole colony of these in my garden.
I found them in a set of trees in my garden grouped together by their hundreds. I was surprised that I haven’t seen them before because of the shear amount of them in my garden.
There seems to be a male and a female bug or maybe two different species of bugs together. They seem to be just too happy to share the same tree.
Please tell me what these are, I would like to do some research on them seeing as they occupy my garden quite happily.
Thank you
Signature: Adriaan Olivier

Twig Wilters

Dear Adriaan,
Both of your insects are True Bugs in the family Coreidae, commonly called Big Legged Bugs or Leaf Footed Bugs in North America.  Many species in South Africa and Australia are known as Twig Wilters.  We cannot determine at this moment if they are the same species, but the wingless individual is a nymph.  Here is a link to a different species of Twig Wilter from South Africa.

Twig Wilter Nymph

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