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Leaf-footed bug nymph



This is a nymph. It is black and white in color with brownish orange antennae. It also has some blue coloring on its abdomen. Leaf like extension of the back legs are visible. Life Cycle: egg, nymph, and adult. There are also several instar stages prior to reaching adulthood. Nymphs cannot fly. Ref:


Found throughout North America reaching into Central America. There are 1,800 species world wide. Host Plants: Leaf-footed bugs feed on a variety of fruit and vegetable plants, citrus and nut bearing trees, weeds, and the leaves and stems of plants. Ref:


This cool looking nymph was spotted by some students when we went out to make observations in the school garden. Each time we got a little too close the nymph would move under nearby leaves. Fun Facts: Some species of leaf-footed bugs will defend their territory by engaging in battle with other males. Some species have sharp spines on their legs which they use when battling. Leaf footed bugs are able to emit a strong odor when they feel threatened. Ref:

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San Antonio, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jun 4, 2019
Submitted on Jun 9, 2019

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