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Leaf-Footed Bug (Leptoglossus zonatus)


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


 Updated: 8/11/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



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Leaf-Footed Bugs are moving into and spending more time in backyards and that may mean a bit more work for the gardener.





Like their Eastern counterparts, this species of Leaf-Footed Bug has thick 'thighs' that are flattened out, almost leaf-like in shape. A single white line crosses the middle of the wings in a zig-zag fashion. Two yellow spots riddled with dark specks are found on the pronotum near the head. Leptoglossus zonatus has a long mouthpart used to pierce plant parts and subsequently suck out the liquid nourishment inside when it is young. As an adult, the insect will break down a tough seed using an enzymatic chemical it spits onto it. Leaves, stems, and fruit are all susceptible to the appetite of this species. Though it is unlikely to kill the plant and ruin harvest, it can mar produce aesthetically.

As if on cue, females move from the weeds they usually inhabit during winter and spring into the garden just when fruits and vegetables are ripe. They lay their brown cylindrical eggs in a line on a host plant. End to end, this line of eggs almost looks like a worm. The most common plants that L. zonatus damages are tomatoes, pistachios, pomegranates, satsuma oranges, and almonds. Controlling the number of this species of Leaf-footed Bug using row covers and removing weeds in the garden area can make it less likely the insect will wander into a vegetable patch. Removing piles of wood, fallen and empty pomegranates, and tree bark removes places adults like to take shelter during winter months. Though not considered a serious pest problem, this Leaf-footed Bug is not offering the farmer or gardener any benefits for its company.
Basic Information
Common Name: Leaf-Footed Bug
Other Name(s): Western Leaf-Footed Bug (though technically this name has already been assigned a different species)
Scientific Name: Leptoglossus zonatus
Category: True Bug


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 20mm (0.59in to 0.78in)
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Identifying Colors: brown, white, yellow, black
Additional Descriptors: stripe, line, zigzag, thick, spiky, thighs, legs, flying, yellow, spots, speckled, shoulder, harmful




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




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 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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