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Leaf-footed Bug - Leptoglossus oppositus

Leaf-footed Bug - Leptoglossus oppositus
Media - Tyler Arboretum, Pennsylvania, USA
June 29, 2006
Is this a Leptoglossus species?

I think this is Leptoglossus oppositus. Compare below:

also assasin bug, correct?

No, the assassin bugs are in a different family
- see Reduviidae in the guide. Although they are both in the order Hemiptera (true bugs), assassins do not have the leaf-like projections on the hind legs, they have a constricted neck, and most importantly they have a short stabbing beak for attacking their prey - these leaf-footed bugs have a longer more strawlike beak for sucking plant juices.

Here's an assassin bug for comparison:

I'm moving this picture to the guide - first PA image for this species.

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