Photographed by: Tino Garcia. Identified by: KnowYourInsects. Location: Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, Mexico. Date: 13 April, Giant Mesquite Bug, nymph immature , Thasus neocalifornicus , subfamily Coreinae, family Coreidae the leaf-footed bugs , suborder Heteroptera. Their bright colors warn birds to stay away.
Leaf Footed Bug
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Coreidae is a large family of predominantly sap-suckling insects in the Hemipteran suborder Heteroptera. As a family, the Coreidae are cosmopolitan , but most of the species are tropical or subtropical. The common names of the Coreidae vary regionally. Leaf-footed bug refers to leaf-like expansions on the legs of some species, generally on the hind tibiae.
Finding Leaf-footed Bugs in Your Tomatoes?
When late spring freezes do not cause fruit crop failures, then we must manage the insects that come looking for a meal. These include thrips in April and May, leaf feeding insects such as masked chafers, blister beetles, and grasshoppers, and then, fruit feeding insects such as fig beetles, codling moths, and leaf-footed plant bugs. This column will focus on leaf-footed plant bugs. The leaf-footed bug belongs to the order Hemiptera which are commonly called "true bugs".
Leaf footed bugs are plant eaters that commonly infest tomatoes and other plants found around the home. Leaf footed bugs are large and generally brown. The red legged leaf footer is mostly black with red to orange legs. Their legs are strong and ideal for grabbing hold to host plants.