Black Leaf-Leg

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A small homoterous insect, Phylloscelis Atra (var. pallescens) is not uncommon among the brambles and weeds in meadows in Maryland; it is one of a singular round or broad oval shape, being about 0.20 in length by 0.13 in breadth; the fore thigh are much thickened, and the hind tibiae or shanks are quite long and spiney on their outer edges, and are fitted for leaping. The color of this insect is black, having two orange-brown stripes on the thorax, two longitudinal stripes of the same color on the outer wings and on the border of their scutel.


Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture of the Operations of the Department for the Year 1876 (Washington: Goverment Printing Office. 1877) 25


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