15 Aug 1989
Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana (Porter County)
The photo was taken with a Pentax Super Program SMC-Pentax 50mm / f:1.7 lens with a Vivitar 2x macro tele-converter and a small manual flash on Kodak Ektachrome 100 HC color transparency film. The exposure was 1/125 of a second at f::22. The slide was scanned using a Wolverine F2D Mighty scanner.
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs) : Suborder Heteroptera : Infraorder Pentatomomorpha : Superfamily Coreoidea : Family Coreidae
The family includes more than 270 genera representing over 1,900 species. Although many people call all insects bugs, that word really refers to insects belonging to the order Hemiptera. Most are tropical or subtropical. The name leaf-footed bugs comes from the leaf-like structures at the end of their rear legs.The oval-shaped body varies between 7 and 45 mm in length depending on the species. The antennae have 4 segments. Some species are covered with spines. The nymphs have two stink glans visible as projections or spots on the top of the abdomen.
Leaf-footed bugs suck the sap from plants and so are agricultural pests.
Photo © 1989 Gary J. Sibio. All rights reserved.
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Have you ever seen one of these insects before?