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A suitable name

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Can you see why this type of insect came to be called a leaffooted (or leaf-footed) bug? Yes, it’s because the flared-out portion of each rear leg reminded people of a dry leaf. Based on Valerie Bugh’s Austin Bug Collection, I’d say this insect is Leptoglossus zonatus. You may recognize the soft and narrow leaves supporting the bug as those of snow-on-the-prairie, Euphorbia bicolor, which you’ve seen here several times recently.

This photograph is from the same September 28th session in northeast Austin that produced the pictures of a prairie agalinis and an aster that appeared in the last two posts.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 10, 2012 at 6:09 AM

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