Acanthocephala declivis, 19 June 2022

Acanthocephala declivis, the Giant leaf-footed bug;
Lake county, Florida (19 June 2022).

The Giant leaf-footed bug is another seemingly scary big bug many believe to be dangerous to humans but, in fact, is not. This is no assassin bug, despite its fearsome appearance. As for this individual, it was casually strolling along the handrail of an elevated boardwalk deep in the heart of Lake county, Florida. As is usually the case, the bug watched me cautiously and then went on about its day.

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