Bug That Looks Like A Brown Leaf

A Leaf-footed Bug

Leaf-footed Bug

Leaf-footed bugs feed on the flower, cones and seeds of many species. They are known to do damage to nut trees such as almond and pistachio. The conifer seed bug does most of its damage in conifer seedling operations. They have a long sucking mouthpart that pierces the flowers or fruit. This damage causes misshapen, unmarketable nuts.

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  1. mjones October 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    dear sir
    please can you help me i was working in the warehouse the other day and i looked
    down on my leg and there was a leaf tshapped bug on my me and it was brown and about 2 inches long with with black legs
    please can you help me as i have never seen in all my life a bug like this
    all the best
    mjones mjones@rhfreigh.com uk thurrock

  2. Steve Creek October 30, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    I wished you had a photo of this bug then maybe the readers could help: Here is a bug site I use a lot: North American Insects and Spiders

  3. miss smilie December 22, 2009 at 5:02 am #

    hey peeps on this web
    dont harm or hurt these poor little insects they will blend in like leaves either
    green or brown.
    large or small just dont be scared if they jump(:

  4. ryan September 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    do they bite

  5. Danilo J Bonsignore June 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    No, it is not that bug. It truly looks like a wilted, crumpled, dead leaf, it is more than two inches long, walks like cockroaches do, waits, moves again, and running looks liks a leaf rushed by the wind though _jumping_ and rolling for moments before stopping again, not truly carried up and down like leaves. And it is not scared of Humans. I suspect it comes from Madagascar but was seen in NYC and seems to be more flexible than rigid. It was too dark to take a picture and of course after a few moments not paying attention it was no longer there.

  6. Rango September 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Hello guys, what you are all looking at is actually an assassin bug. They don’t usually bite unless you really rile them up, their bite hurts a little, for they have venom they inject to prey to paralyze them. The venom is not harmful, it just hurts. They feed mainly on caterpillars and unlucky flies that get too close. They are found in fall months and are true bugs so they have a piercing mouth part that acts like a straw and sucks the juices of their prey dry. They are real big help if your home has lots of flies, don’t be surprised, but theses bugs feed on resting flies at night, they feed during the day, but they wont go and find prey like at night. During the day they just ambush, they are quite the crafty bugs and can get in and out of any house, although they usually don’t come in.

  7. Steve Creek September 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Thank you so much for the info on the Assassin Bug!

  8. Aunt Ruth June 16, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Steve, please help me find the name of this bug. I have a picture; let me know to where I can upload it. It is large, approx 1.5″, looks like a curled up dead brown leaf. It’s legs it has two prominent legs the look clawed. I live in Spartanburg, SC and just came upon it today and am curious. Please note, I am a bug-a-phobic…eeeewwwww, but this bug looks so intriguing I had to find out what it was…
    Regards, Ruth

  9. Patricia August 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I saw a insect ( I’m guessing) on the back glass of my vehicle. It looked identical to a small fall leaf. It was though it had no legs on the underbelly, it seemed to be suctioned to my window. I thought it was a leaf and could not believe it stayed on for the ride from my home to a local store. It wasn’t until I went to brush it away that I realized it was alive. It didn’t move from its spot, but I could see it move within itself. The texture of it looked like velvet. I probably sound crazy, but I know it was alive. I have never seen anything like this before or after this day. I have tried to find something on the internet comparable to this with no luck. Can you give me some info.

  10. Steve Creek August 22, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    Sorry Patricia but I have no idea.