I have Corkystem passionvine
in my yard, and these Chondrocera
laticornis leaf-footed bugs are usually on it, or lurking nearby. The
bug above is on Hempvine
The young Chondrocera laticornis, or nymphs, are soft shades of green instead of reddish brown.
They can't fly yet.
Their tiny wing buds are barely visible.
I generally don't see these bugs doing much. When I get too close, the
little green nymphs sidle around to the opposite side of the leaf or
branch to get away from me, and the adults fly away.
They keep their proboscis folded up beneath their belly unless they're
feeding on my plants.
This very little leaf-footed nymph seemed to be sipping from the
creeping cucumber flower.
Leaf-footed bugs are neat to look at, but they can be rough on your
plants. They suck the plants
proboscis like a mosquito sucks blood
you. Here's one with its proboscis in my
Passiflora suberosa flower
can see the cork like bark that gives the plant it's common name -
Corky Stem Passionvine
This next pair of leaffooted bugs is very busy
making more bugs. They're perched on the fruit of my
Passiflora suberosa vine
. I was
picking the berries to get seeds, but I left this particular berry on
The leaf shape on the leaffooted bug's leg helps it hide in the
foliage. This Chondrocera laticornis blends quite well into the pepper
vine; it's good camouflage.
I found one leaf-footed bug that's a bit less footed. Perhaps a
took a bite.
Quite a few years ago I found my first golden egg and wondered what bug
laid it. Now I know it's these bugs because I caught
a leaffooted bug laying an egg
When leaffooted bugs
eat, their proboscis cover folds back exposing the
proboscis when it penetrates the plant. Here you can see the thin needle
like proboscis and the cover folded beneath it like a straw wrapper.
have a similar setup with their
proboscis, only they slurp you and the leaffooted bugs slurp