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Thread-legged Bug

Emesinae sp.


A small, slender insect that looks similar to a walkingstick but has front legs similar to a praying mantis. This individual was about 2.5 cm long. It's in the assassin bug family.


Flowerbed in my yard.


I knelt to look at a ground plant for moth larvae and found this tiny insect by chance. It was rather slow-moving, and stayed on my hand and arm for quite some time before I put him back where I found him. This was a life insect for me !

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DianePlatcoBrooks 10 years ago

Thank you Adarsha !
Leuba, my old camera died right as mothing season was cranking up so I know about the pocket camera at night (I'm lucky I had a pocket camera for a back-up). It's not easy.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

I understand Diane. I have a little pocket camera - can't always expect good shots with mine and it's next to impossible at night !! you're pictures are really good anyway.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Superb one Diane :)

It looked just like a walking stick... until I saw the rest of the does have Mantis legs in the front!! Hope you get an ID.

DianePlatcoBrooks 10 years ago

Thank you Leuba. I wish I had a good macro lens.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Nice one, Diane !

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Corning, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Oct 1, 2013
Submitted on Oct 10, 2013

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