Common Name: Leaffooted Bug, Leaffooted Plant Bug
Scientific Name: Order Heteroptera, family Coreidae, Leptoglossus phyllopus
Identification: Dark brown bug that looks like an elongated stink bug. Antennae are four-segmented. Hind legs flattened like a leaf. Eggs are white and key-shaped and are laid on the underside of leaves.
Biology and Life Cycle: Adults pass the winter in sheltered spots. One brood a year. Incomplete metamorphosis--eggs, nymphs, and adults.
Feeding Habits: Adults and nymphs like to suck the juice from leaves, shoots, fruits, buds, and seeds.
Habitat: Most gardens and natural areas. Many food crops and some ornamentals. Beans, citrus, peas, pecans, potatoes, tomatoes, and wild areas.
Economic Importance: Attack and damage crops of several species such as asparagus, tomatoes, cotton, peaches, potatoes, oranges, and many other crops.
Natural Control: Birds, snakes, lizards. Good biodiversity. Parasitic flies such as the tachinid fly. Assassin bugs, birds, wolf spiders, and frogs.
Organic Control: None usually needed. Citrus oil products will eliminate a heavy infestation.
Insight: Kin to squash bugs.
Photos by Kimberly Atchley