WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – BIG CYPRESS WMA, FL
- This is a photograph of a Florida Leaf-Footed Bug taken in the Everglades at Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County off mm62 Alligator Alley. The subject was photographed with a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 60mm lens coupled to a Tamron 2x Teleconverter.
- Leaf-Footed Bug Trivia:
The Florida leaf-footed bug (Acanthocephala femorata) is a species of insect. The genus name Acanthocephala means spiny head and was so-named from the pointed tylus at the tip of the head of this leaf-footed bug.
This insect is a pest, eating and causing damage to citrus and roses. The lower rear legs are wider than the upper legs, with serrations. This is especially pronounced in the male.
This bug has an oddly shaped body, and long, slim, curving antenna. The Florida Leaf-footed bug is noted for the orange tips on the antenna. The body is sometimes nearly black, although it may be reddish brown.