During my visit to Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I came upon a fascinating Leaf-footed Bug perched on a blade of Johnson Grass. As an avid wildlife photographer, I was excited to capture this unique insect on camera.
Leaf-footed bugs belong to the Coreidae family of insects and are easily recognizable by their hind legs that are expanded into leaf-like structures. These bugs are found in various habitats, ranging from forests to fields and gardens. While some species are known for feeding on crops like pecans, cotton, and tomatoes and are considered pests, others play a crucial role in controlling the population of harmful insects as beneficial predators.
The particular area where I found this bug was called Willow Slough, and the roads were lined with tall Johnson Grass. Interestingly, dragonflies seem to prefer this grass, making it a popular spot for wildlife photographers like me to capture these fascinating insects in action.
I managed to capture this shot of the Leaf-footed Bug while hand-holding my camera and lens. It was a thrilling experience to witness the intricate details of this bug’s unique hind legs and capture it on camera. Overall, my visit to Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge was a wonderful opportunity to explore the diverse range of wildlife that inhabits this region, including the intriguing Leaf-footed Bug.
Note: Are Leaf-Footed Bugs harmless to humans?
Fortunately, leaf-footed bugs are not known to bite, sting, or transmit diseases that could affect people. Their mouthparts are designed for piercing and sucking juices from plants, not breaking human skin. While they may give a minor defensive pinch if handled, it is very rare for a leaf-footed bug to break the skin. Generally, they are not aggressive insects.
So in summary, while leaf-footed bugs can cause minor damage to some food crops, they do not present a hazard to humans through biting, stinging, spreading disease, or aggressive behavior. They can be safely observed and photographed in their natural habitats. Always practice caution around any insect, but leaf-footed bugs should not pose any significant threat to human health or safety.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
- Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: August 23, 2020 (08:05:46 A.M.)
- Aperture Priority
- Aperture: f8.0
- Shutter speed: 1/900 sec. (as determined by the camera)
- ISO: 800
- Focal Length: 340 mm