Leaf-footed Bugs Chondrocera laticornis
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, on Hempvine
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis
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.
Leaffooted Bug nymph, Chondrocera laticornis, sidling around a branch to hide from me
The young Chondrocera laticornis, or nymphs, are soft shades of green instead of reddish brown. They can't fly yet.
Green nymph of a Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, green nymph
Their tiny wing buds are barely visible.
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, green nymph peeking over the edge of a leaf
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, green nymph
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.
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, green nymph with tiny wing buds
They keep their proboscis folded up beneath their belly unless they're feeding on my plants.
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, green nymph with its proboscis in a corky stem leaf
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, green nymph with its proboscis in a corkeystem leaf vein
This very little leaf-footed nymph seemed to be sipping from the creeping cucumber flower.
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, green very young small nymph feeding on a bright yellow creeping cucumber flower
Leaf-footed bugs are neat to look at, but they can be rough on your plants. They suck the plants with their proboscis like a mosquito sucks blood from you. Here's one with its proboscis in my Passiflora suberosa flower. You can see the cork like bark that gives the plant it's common name - Corky Stem Passionvine.
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, green nymph
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, feeding on a Passiflora suberosa flower
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 vine:
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis mating on a Corkystem Passionvine fruit
Leaffooted Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, green nymph with its proboscis down
Mating Leaf-footed Bugs, Chondrocera laticornis, mating
 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.
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, well camouflaged on the pepper vine leaves
Proboscis and eyes of a Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, peeking over the lant showing its proboscis tucked in place beneath it
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, standing on my fingernail
I found one leaf-footed bug that's a bit less footed. Perhaps a bird or lizard took a bite.
One-leafed Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, missing one leafy leg
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis
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!
Proboscis of a Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, hanging under a blade of grass so we can see its belly, proboscis folded up beneath it, a waved antenna, and a big leafy leg
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, egg on a Casia leaf
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.
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, with its proboscis exposed and the cover bent back while it feeds from a flower
Leaf-footed Bug, Chondrocera laticornis, with its proboscis exposed and the cover bent back while it feeds from a flower
Mosquitoes have a similar setup with their proboscis, only they slurp you and the leaffooted bugs slurp plants.
Mosquito with its proboscis showing and the cover bent back while it bites a person, me
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