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Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug.


 Updated: 3/1/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug  
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Flat, thick legs on the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug are used by males to fight for females during the mating season.





The massive and spiny legs on the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug are unusual for most bugs. The shape of the legs resembles that of a dry leaf. Males fight over females and use their thick thighs and legs to overpower each other. A white stripe across the elytra (wing coverings) contrasts brightly against the dark brown body. Short white stripes on the abdomen peak out from under the sides of the eltyra. A long, narrow head holds sturdy brown antennae. The thorax has pronounced shoulders.

Leaf-footed Bugs are plant eaters. They fly from flower to tree to shrub, making a loud purring noise as they go. They suck the plant sap of whatever they land on. For this reason, they tend to be considered pests to the home gardener as well as among larger agricultural companies. Like all members of the Leaf-Footed family, the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug will emit a foul-smelling odor if threatened or disturbed. Look for them and their tiny colorful nymphs (juveniles) on tree branches, flowers and plant stems.
Basic Information
Common Name: Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
Scientific Name: Leptoglossus phyllopus
Category: True Bug


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 20mm (0.70in to 0.78in)
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Identifying Colors: brown, white, gray, black
Additional Descriptors: stripe, band, thighs




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Leptoglossus
Species: phyllopus




Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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