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Acanthocephala terminalis

Common Name: Leaf-footed Bug
Acanthocephala terminalis
Acanthocephala terminalis

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Acanthocephala
Species: Acanthocephala terminalis

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The leaf-footed bug is 1 1/2" long with a gray to black color. Their antennae have orange tips, and their hind legs have a flat and leaf-like appearance.

Habitat & Range

These insects are found throughout the Eastern and Midwestern US. They live in fields and forest edges.


Leaf-footed bugs feed off of sap from plants. They walk slowly and can give off a foul odor if disturbed.

Life Cycle

Mating season takes place in the late spring. Eggs are small and green. Nymphs will hatch out of the eggs, and go through 4 molts before becoming adults. They will overwinter as adults.

Featured image by James Dake


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