Insect and Bug ID forum: Scary-looking bug on Sweetbay Magnolia

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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Apr 14, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Hi guys! I've been keeping an eye on my Sweetbay Magnolia trees since they are a host plant for the Tiger Swallowtail. But instead I saw this scary-looking thing the other day. I shook the leaf to get him off, thinking he would drop to the ground, but he flew off! So this thing can fly! Somehow, that makes it scarier. Just wondered if this was something that would eat my caterpillars or what.

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Name: Sue
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sooby
Apr 15, 2015 4:21 AM CST
Coreidae, leaf-footed bug? Not sure if it's this exact one:

http://www.floridanature.org/species.asp?species=acanthoceph...
http://www.fnanaturesearch.org/index.php?option=com_naturese...
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Apr 15, 2015 7:26 AM CST
It looks like the one, Sue. I will also add that it will not hurt your cats but sucks the juices from leaves.
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Apr 15, 2015 7:40 AM CST
Thanks guys! Hadn't run into one of these before.
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