Florida Leaf-Footed Bug

 

A member of the insect order hemiptera, sometimes called the “True Bug” order, the Leaf-Footed Bug exemplifies the fact that “all bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs.” Members of the hemiptera order are distinguished from all other insects by both adults and nymphs having a specialized proboscis used to suck plant juices. The leaf like expansion on the hind legs is a key identification feature. When disturbed these insects will release a foul-smelling secretion.

Latin Name: Acanthocephala Femorata

Habitat: Pine Flatwoods

Diet: plant juices