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Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)

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

 Updated: 12/12/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug  
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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 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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Picture of the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug

Eastern Leaf-footed Bug Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 18 mm to 20 mm (0.702 inches to 0.78 inches)
Identifying Colors: brown, white, gray, black
Additional Descriptors: stripe, band, thighs

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that 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 above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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