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Giant Leaf-footed Bug

Acanthocephala granulosa

 
Photo © by Jim Blaugh

Photo contributed by Jim Blaugh. Taken Oct. 17, 2004 near Agua Fria River and Bloody Basin, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA.

Coreidae -- Leaf-footed Bug Family

These large, intimidating bugs are mostly harmless although they can spew some pretty noxious odorants. They are true "BUGS" because they possess piercing-sucking mouthparts that they insert into plant tissues, especially developing fruits, to extract liquified food. This species is common in Upper Sonoran Scrub and is found on a variety of plants such as mesquite.

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