Acanthocephala declivis, the Giant leaf-footed bug;
Lake county, Florida (27 April 2013).
One of my favorite non-cicada Hemipterans, the Giant leaf-footed bug may look intimidating, but the fear is relatively unwarranted. This is not a bug out to get you, despite its fearsome appearance to many. Fairly large and seemingly awkward in its build, the Giant leaf-footed bug can be surprisingly graceful by foot: Slow, deliberate, calculated motion. Flying, on the other hand, is a different thing… Hemipterans don’t tend to be the most graceful flyers in the class of Insecta. Heh. Like their cicada brethren, I’ve had a few Acanthocephala crash into my face over the years.