CLOSED: id bug please

Cleveland, TX

This looks like a giant stink bug to me....there are a bunch of them using my ash tree apparently as a motel...they vary in size somewhat, but most of them are at least an inch long, or longer...I keep trying to run them off, or kill them, but they keep coming back...can someone tell me what they are & why they're here & are they a problem?

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Minot, ND

it's a leaf-footed bug in the genus Acanthocephala - https://insects.tamu.edu/images/insects/common/images/a-txt/aimg67.html

Auburn, NY

That is a Leaf-Footed Bug. It is part of the True Bug category and is harmless. They feed on woodland plants and shouldn't become a problem for you.

Cleveland, TX

Thanks...not to say they've never been here before, but this is the first time I've ever seen them. Could they be new around here, possibly? There's been as many as a few dozen on the tree at one time. When you say they feed on woodland plants, what does that mean, as I've not noticed them eating the ash tree they stay on. Also, what does "True Bug category" mean?

Auburn, NY

The adult bugs may have picked your trees to lay their eggs. Leaf-footed bugs are everywhere really. They are even up here where I live, which is Upstate New York. What I meant by saying woodland plants was any plants and/or trees that live in wooded areas or even just outside. They usually don't eat garden plants. True Bugs are a category of bugs and beetles that are completely "true". They are called the Hemiptera order of insects. The defining feature of hemipterans is their possession of mouthparts where the mandibles and maxillae are put within a modified labium to form a "beak" or "rostrum", called a proboscis, which is capable of piercing tissues (usually plant tissues) and sucking out the liquids typically sap. That's why they are on your trees. I hope this cleared everything up for you . :)

Cleveland, TX

Thank you

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

down south, these are evil little beasties that will destroy roses, tomatoes and any number of garden plants. i spray them with bronner's oil soap & water.
can you tell i don't like them?

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