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Leaf-footed Bug (Acanthocephala terminalis)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Acanthocephala (a-kanth-oh-SEF-al-a) (Info)
Species: terminalis (ter-min-AL-is) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Hartford, Arkansas
Malvern, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Alford, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Cornelia, Georgia
Lula, Georgia
East Moline, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Pineville, Louisiana
Grenada, Mississippi
Croton On Hudson, New York
Ripley, Tennessee
Cibolo, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas
Spring, Texas
Ruckersville, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Apr 30, 2019, Homestead96 from Hartford, AR wrote:

Found in Hartford Arkansas. No damage seen as of yet to any of my plants, shrubs and trees.


On Jun 10, 2016, tgw2nd from Ruckersville, VA wrote:

I can attest that Acanthocephala terminalis damage Stewartia pseudocamilia. They have been spotted on 3 of these small trees on my property in central Virginia (Z7). I think they suck in the joint between branches and trunk. The leaves wilt and the entire branch falls off. They also do this to twigs on branches. The entire length of twig or branch, wilts and falls from the tree. I have not found them on any other species, including tomatoes ---- yet. I have not come up with a good way to combat them.


On May 18, 2011, cedar18 from Lula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I am not positive of the photo of the nymphs that I submitted being this particular species of Leaf-Footed bugs. My inquiry here on the bug ID forum here on DG gave me this ID, which I looked into and it seems to be the same. Also see: http://www.dpughphoto.com/cute_babies.htm, Local gardening guru & former extension agent, Walter Reeves, says they are destructive to tomato crops, so this is a negative rating.


On Aug 21, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

It is frequently encountered, where it can be seen resting and walking on vegetation, especially trees and shrubs along woodland margins and in weedy fields.

Nymphs and adults suck sap from various plants, but unlike some relatives such as the squash bug, they are not pestiferous and do not harm cultivated plants. Although they have been observed on many species of plants, they have been reported as definitely feeding on only staghorn sumac, river grape, and nine-bark.

These bugs have one generation per year. Adults pass the winter. Eggs are produced in late spring and early summer. There are five nymphal instars.