Leaf-Footed Bug
( Coreidae )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Coreidae
(Leach, 1815)
Common Name:Leaf-Footed Bug
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Heteroptera
Family:Coreidae
Taxon Code:HET01559
ITIS TSN#:108313

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
ISMC Garden - Oakland, Melrose District, 5209 Congress Ave, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100101

RECOGNITION
Medium to large, often dark-colored bugs with many parallel veins on front wing membrane (Alydidae have similar venation but their heads are nearly as wide and long as pronotum). Antennae: 4-segmented. Antennal segments are exploded in the Chariesterus. Eyes: Ocelli present. Mouthparts: rostrum 4-segmented. Wings: Forewings membraneous and highly veined, with veins visible at rest. Legs: Tarsi 3-segmented. Hind tibiae in some have leaf-like expansions (e.g., Leptoglossus). Abdomen: Lateral margins (connexivium) raised in many species. When folded, wings lay in the depression formed by the connexivium margin. Thorax: Scent glands between middle and hind coxae. Head: More narrow, and often shorter than, the pronotum.
Body Length
North American up to 30 mm., typically 10-20 mm. Family taxa up to 40 mm.

BIOLOGY
Food
All taxa are plant feeders.
Development
Eggs are typically cemented beneath foliage of host. One or more generations per year. Adults sometimes overwinter.
Importance
When handled or molested, these insects may give off an unpleasant odor, a defensive secretion of the thoracic glands. A few species are agricultural pests and are often parasitized by tachinids.
Range
Widely distributed but most diverse in the South and Southwest.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Family Coreidae - Leaf-footed Bugs. (bugguide.net/node/view/93). Accessed June 19, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#108313


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