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Triangle Bug - Acanthocephala declivis

Triangle Bug - Acanthocephala declivis
Longview, TX, Gregg County, Texas, USA
July 16, 2009
Size: 2-3" body length
The bug was very docile. I found it on some concrete steps outside my office around noon on a hot day in Texas. Whatever it is, it doesn't seem to mind heat very much. Viewed from the front, it has a body shaped much like a triangle pointed downward. Its head is very small in proportion to its body. There are also wings folded onto the top of the body which are hard to see, but look pretty substantial. Judging by the way that the wings are mounted on the body and the shape of the body, it could be very good at flying.

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Triangle Bug - Acanthocephala declivis Triangle Bug - Acanthocephala declivis

I thought it was a drone
One of these was hanging around on my screen door for 2 days. I was going to be going out on my patio back and forth to do laundry and decided to get a broom and try to knock it down, chase it off. It was pretty big. He got knocked behind one of my plants and I tried to find him with the broom and literally heard him running on my wooden deck to the edge where he disappeared Really creepy. I've made jokes about this since saying that he had cameras attached to his body, was spying on me, some kind of drone, etc.

Moved from Leaffooted Bugs.

Moved from True Bugs.

Moved from ID Request.

leaf-footed bug
They're called that because of the wide parts on the legs that look "leaf-like" I don't know which species it is. There are quite a few. Somebody will probably say which one.

Acanthocephala declivis

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