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  • Eastern Leaf-footed Bug - (Leptoglossus phyllopus)

    Eastern Leaf-footed Bug - (Leptoglossus phyllopus)

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

    Staff Writer (12/7/2017): The massive and spiny legs on the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug are usually the second feature noticed by an observer. The white stripe across its elytra (wing covering) may be the marking that catches the eye first. Males fight each other with their thick thighs and legs to secure a female to mate with.

    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 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.

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    Eastern Leaf-footed Bug

    Category: True Bug
    Common name: Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
    Scientific Name: Leptoglossus phyllopus

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 18mm to 20mm (0.71in to 0.79in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, white, gray, black

    Additional Descriptors: stripe, band, thighs

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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