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Leaf-Footed Bug

Prionolomia gigas


Approx 30 mm


Small clearing, mixed evergreen deciduous forest, 1220 MASL.


Flew down from the canopy for just a few minutes.

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Wheel Bug
Reduviidae Wheel bug

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RobThacker 7 years ago

Hi John, thank you for your reponce, information and your site that I've used in the passed to help with ID's. Spotting updated

RobThacker 7 years ago

Hi Teressa, My initial reaction was also Reduviidae, I think however on John sighting from Yunnan looks correct. Thank you again.

TeresaBurke 7 years ago

These things are SO neat to watch! Usually they inundate our sunflowers every year! Cool captures!

Sinobug 7 years ago

Hi Rob. Responding to your question on my blog.
My reference for Prionolomia gigas is Chinese and I believe is the original description of the species, so naturally it will list Yunnan, China as the origin. Chang Mai is a mere few hundred km away and it would be unlikely that a species range stops at a border. The species I see here in southern Yunnan are typically shared with Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and northern Thailand and beyond. Similarly, I have photographed several insect species now officially recognized at the first records in China, yet when you look at the sightings maps, previous records all stop at the Chinese border. It is purely a question of who does the research or makes the spotting and where and whether information is pooled universally or restricted to probably language-based archives. I agree this looks like the Leaf-footed Bug, Prionolomia gigas (Coreidae), but at the very least it belongs to that genus.

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Spotted on May 17, 2014
Submitted on May 18, 2014

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