Photo: Leaf-footed bug shows off fancy appendages

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From the large family of sap-sucking insects known as Coreidae, this exuberant beauty photographed by Andreas Kay in Ecuador is a great example of why these critters are known as leaf-footed bugs. While those flags at the knees don't look particularly comfortable by our standards, for the leaf-footed bug they offer either fancy courting display or serve as a warning for predators to stay away. Either way, they look great!

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