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Leaf-footed Bug

Acanthocephala sp


This bug was about 10-15 mm long, gray with dark spots arranged in rows on the dorsum. It’s antennae had bands of dark reddish brown and light yellow or white. It appears very like Acanthocephala declivis <https://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/552...>, however I didn’t find confirmation of A. declivis north of Missouri. The only Acanthocephala I found in Nebraska was Acanthocephala terminalis. That foto on Wiki looks nothing like mine, however I realize these nymphs go through several instars in which, at times, they don’t resemble the adult. I would really like someone more knowledgeable in bugs than myself (that would be most of you) to help confirm or correct this ID.


Acanthocephala is a New World bug that appears to be found in most of North, Central and into South America. This one was found on a fence post at Dahlman Park in Omaha, Nebraska (320 masl).


We have similar bugs in Ecuador, but probably not the same species. I hope someone can help with this one. It was the coolest bug I found on my outing today.

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Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Lat: 41.24, Long: -95.93

Spotted on Jul 28, 2019
Submitted on Jul 29, 2019

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