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Species Acanthocephala femorata

Acanthocephala - Acanthocephala femorata - male Acanthocephala femorata Coreidae - Acanthocephala femorata Acanthocephala femorata - male Acanthocephala femorata - female Acanthocephala femorata - male Acanthocephala femorata - male Gray bug - Acanthocephala femorata
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Coreidae (Leaf-footed Bugs)
Subfamily Coreinae
Tribe Acanthocephalini
Genus Acanthocephala
Species femorata (Acanthocephala femorata)
Other Common Names
Florida Leaf-footed Bug
Explanation of Names
Acanthocephala femorata (Fabricius 1775)
Size
25-28 mm
Identification
Antennae uniformly colored, dull reddish or orangish; flange on hind tibia gently tapering distally; male hind femur greatly swollen and bearing a large spike; female hind femur slender and bearing several small spikes.
Range
se. US (NC-FL to OK-TX)(1)
Habitat
Usually found on brush and small trees in forests, woodlands, and old fields.
Season
Spring-fall in NC(2)
Life Cycle
Orange, elongated eggs are cemented to leaves. One or two generations per year (more in so. FL)
See Also
A. terminalis does not have uniformly reddish antennae (the basal three segments of their antennae are dark, and the apical segment is bright orangish)
A. declivis does not have a gently tapered flange on the hind tibia (its flange is bluntly truncated distally), and its humeral angles are greatly expanded.
Works Cited
1.Review of Acanthocephala (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae) of America north of Mexico with a key to species
McPherson J.E., Packauskas R.J., Sites R.W., Taylor S.J., Bundy C.S., Bradshaw J.D., Mitchell P.L. 2011. Zootaxa 2835: 30-40.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.