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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.