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Leaf-footed Bug (Acanthocephala declivis)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Acanthocephala (a-kanth-oh-SEF-al-a) (Info)
Species: declivis (de-KLIV-is) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Bear, Delaware
New Port Richey, Florida
Snellville, Georgia
Brooks, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana
Concord, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Gaston, South Carolina
Brazoria, Texas
Bryan, Texas
Dayton, Texas
Garland, Texas
Geronimo, Texas
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 3, 2007, tkoske from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

bad dude; it will bite you if u try to pick it off- so move fast; i even had one buzz me to try to get me to leave! they feed on the fruit, esp red tomatoes and cause damage and bad flavors from their saliva; tough to kill when adult.


On Nov 22, 2006, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I find this bug on tomato plants and fruit toward late summer. It pierces the fruit with its long nose and leaves small circular spots.