In my res, on the window....daily I see atleast 4 of these. they look sooo daunting. One day...I made on of them fall down...opened the window...tried to hold it with a tissue....was disgusted and let it go. I suddenly smelt a strange odor. I smelt it close and it was like a strong concentrated dose of something like acetylene or ethylene..not sure...but I know I smelt that before in a chemistry lab.
I could never find enough info on it. Finally once I got one and fed it to one of my old traps in my big B-52. It seemed to enjoy it as it is now the fastest growing plant in my setup. 4 leaves have came up since then. This was approximately 3-4 weeks ago.
Today...right now.....I noticed more of them....once again...daring ahead...I used my new foreceps to hold one's leg and put it in the trap of my typical. It close shut in 0.5 sec. however, it was too big. To avoid loosing the trap ...I put it inside the 1 and a half inch magnificent trap of my B-52 which comfortabily held it. I happened to again hold it by the abdomen this time and once again....I was hit and the whole terrarium has that strange strong smell.
Last time...that was a old trap....the trap blackened...however...it was sealed and probably the plant got some juices from the insect. I opened for a autopsy and noticed a half digested bug. Not as fully as other flies and stuff...ants are normally all gone.
Now this was my biggest trap...its like the plant produced this to just fit this insect .. do you think it is ok?? is this insect harmful to the plant?
here is the image to reveal the impressive yet daunting bug.
its kinda darker but looks like this:: size 1 inch to a inch and a half. the one I fed is an inch.
description: This sap-sucking Leaf-Footed Bug from Southern Brazil shows it's swollen femora hind legs. A few tropical Corčid have elaborate tibial leaf structures as part of their modified hind legs. This one is relatively conservative although also has spines at the tips of it's pronotum. These true bugs are capable of emitting a scent from a couple of glands on the thorax. Notice the membranous patch of the fore wing. Although most feed on sap, a few are predaceous towards other insects.