The name Acanthocephala is derived from the Greek language meaning spine head. This bug is native to North America. This is one the insects that start with alphabet A. Below are some known fast facts.

  • Order: Hemiptera
  • Length: 20 – 30 mm
  • Incubation period: Short
  • Type: Insect
  • Diet: Plants
  • Habitat: Deciduous forests, fields
  • Predators: Birds
  • Conservation status: Data Deficient


The other common names are big footed or big legged plant bug. These bugs are fairly common and can be found on summer and fall days in gardens and crops. These bugs normally move slowly and fly less. Females lay eggs on leaves, branches or hidden under bark; in warm months. After hatching the new born change many shapes before becoming adults.

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