The Leaf-Footed Bug (Coreidae) is a plant sap-sucking insect.
The Leaf-Footed Bug is usually beige-brown and oval-shaped, with veined wings, although some species are brightly coloured. It has leaf-like protruberances (growths) on its hind (back) legs.
Its antennae have four segments. When it is scared, it vibrates its antennae. It also has stink glands.
It can grow to 10-20 millimetres.
The Leaf-Footed Bug feeds on the sap (juice) of plants. It is also a pest for farmers who cultivate crops, such as passionfruit, oranges, lemons, pumpkins, and watermelons.
It is common in bushlands, savannahs, and woodlands. Because they are small, they can be difficult to see.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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