Florida leaf-footed bug

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Florida leaf-footed bug
Florida leaf-footed bug.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Pentatomorpha
Superfamily: Coreoidea
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Acanthocephala
Species: A. femorata
Binomial name
Acanthocephala femorata
(Fabricius, 1775) [1]
Synonyms
  • Acanthocephala bispinus (Westwood, 1842)
  • Acanthocephala granulosus (Dallas, 1852)
  • Acanthocephala luctuosus (Stål, 1855)
  • Acanthocephala nasulus (Say, 1832)
  • Acanthocephala obscurus (Westwood, 1842)

The Florida leaf-footed bug (Acanthocephala femorata) is a species of insect. The genus name Acanthocephala means "spiny head" and was inspired by the pointed tylus at the tip of the head.[2] Acanthocephala femorata is found in the continental United States and Mexico.[1]

This insect is considered a pest, eating and causing damage to citrus and roses. The lower rear legs are wider than the upper legs, with serrations. This is especially pronounced in the male. It has long, slim, curving antennae with distinctive orange tips. The body is reddish brown to nearly black.

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