Calligrapha Beetle

Why is there not more written about this family of darling little beetles? Something like 80 species and subspecies of leaf beetles in the genus Calligrapha roam from Canada to Argentina, each one uniquely striped, splashed, or spotted black against a vividly colored, often red, green, or gold, background. They are sometimes pestiferous and their…

Florida Leaf-Footed Bug

This is probably an adult female Florida leaf-footed bug (Acanthocephala femorata) — this species is named for the exaggerated “femurs” on its back legs, and the femurs are larger in the male, with impressive spikes. She’s about an inch long, not including her antennae. Leaf-footed bugs are named after the “leafy” extensions of their hind…