Leaf Footed Bug Babies

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on October 2, 2010

I was in the Heritage Garden of Hunt County taking photographs and saw something strange.  I thought it was a group of ants, clumped on the stalk of a plant.  I took three photographs of these “ants” and sent them to our very patient district entomologist, Dr. Merchant.  He said he thought they were leaf footed bugs that had just hatched from their egg mass and were still clumped.  You can see that the clump spreads out as the babies start to straggle off.

Leaf footed bug babies in their egg mass cluster

Leaf footed bug babies in their egg mass cluster

Leaf footed bug babies starting to leave their egg mass cluster

Leaf footed bug babies starting to leave their egg mass cluster

Leaf footed bug babies leaving their egg mass cluster

Leaf footed bug babies leaving their egg mass cluster

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rebecca November 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Wow, very cool! I love leaf-footed bugs and it would be awesome to encounter a freshly-hatched bunch like this.
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Caroline Clemmons November 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

These are really unique–at least to me. They look like ants.

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Jerry Clifford from minneapolis mn real estate August 26, 2011 at 8:44 am

Very nice! They look just like red fire ants. Are they classified as ants too? Or a different type of bug?

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