TRR photo by Ed Wesely
Insects such as the one pictured above, called leaf-footed bugs because of projections on their hind legs, often spend the winter indoors. This one, about three quarters of an inch long, was stirred to action by the brilliant light of February 23. (click for larger version)

Insect stirrings (February 23). With brilliant sunlight flooding the house on February 23, the windowpanes were alive with ladybug beetles, paper wasps, and an occasional leaf-footed bug.

In leaf-footed bugs, the leaf-shaped outgrowth on the lower hind legs is thought to be an adaptation to distract predators. In some species they are brightly colored and a lot more prominent.

My visitor, which I returned to the window, bears the genus name Leptoglossus, which means "thin-tongued."

Photo by Barbara Yeaman
The upper hind legs of leaf-footed bugs often have tooth-like projections. Leaf-like appendages project from lower hind legs. (click for larger version)


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