Preferred Scientific Name; Leptoglossus zonatus. Taxonomic Tree; Domain: Family: Coreidae; Genus: Leptoglossus; Species: Leptoglossus zonatus. Leptoglossus zonatus adult. Leptoglossus clypealis adult showing sharply pointed clypeus. Leptoglossus occidentalis adult. Leaffooted bug eggs are laid end to. Records of Two Pest Species, Leptoglossus zonatus (Heteroptera: Coreidae) and Pachycoris klugii (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae), Feeding on the Physic Nut.

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Grimm C, Somarriba A. Heteroptera of concern to southern U. Nymphs emerge from the eggs about 1 week after being deposited, after which they develop into adults in 5 to 8 weeks. Coreoidea species file online.

Leaffooted Bug Management Guidelines–UC IPM

Adults and nymphs possess different alarm pheromone systems, which are not life-stage specific Panizzi et al. Eggs of leaf-footed bug, Leptoglossus leptoglosssus. Natural enemies of Leptoglossus zonatus Dallas, Hemiptera: Small leaffooted bugs can be confused with nymphs of the assassin bug Zelus renardii.

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Leaf-footed bug – Leptoglossus zonatus –

Leaffooted bugs are medium to large sized insects that feed on fruits, fruiting vegetables, nuts, and ornamentals.

It wouldn’t hurt keeping just this one because of the adult and juveniles. If a hard seed is found, such as an almond kernel or juniper berry, the bug excretes digestive enzymes from its mouthparts to liquefy a small part of the seed so that it can be ingested. Adults leptogpossus long-lived and can lay eggs over an extended period, so the population can consist of all life stages by late June.


Adult western leaffooted bugs, Leptoglossus leproglossus Dallason citrus fruit.

All three species have a white zigzag pattern across the wings: Identification Life cycle Damage Management. Identification – reply Unfortunately, there are no confirmed images yet in bugguide of older stage nymphs of both species. Covering plants zonatua a row cover material leptogoossus prevent feeding by leaffooted bugs.

It is also considered an important emerging pest on a wide range of crops including corn, cotton, eggplant, peach, pecan, pomegranate, tomato and watermelon in the United States Xiao and Fadamiro By lepgoglossus this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Trap crops may be planted strategically on the orchard’s perimeter to synchronize planting dates that will create seeds or fruits during the time immediately prior to ripening of satsumas.

zonauts Feeding on small fruit e. Leptoglossus zonatus Scientific classification Kingdom: Scutelleridaefeeding on the physic nut, Jatropha curcas, in Mexico. In the fall, Leptoglossus zonatus normally moves from crop fields in many instances tomato, cotton, watermelon, etc. These include Leptoglossus zonatus, L.

How to Manage Pests

Adults of all three species are about 0. In addition, Leptoglossus zonatus female longevity is significantly greater than male longevity of 73 days and 53 days, respectively.

However, these products are quite toxic to leptoglosdus and beneficial insects. As a result, this behavior may eventually be exploited for population management. Scelionidae and Trissolcus sp. Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content. There are five wingless nymphal instars.


Nymph of the western leaffooted bug, Leptoglossus zonatus Dallas. Avoiding use of persistent broad-spectrum insecticides and assuring pollen and nectar sources for adult beneficials are important ways leptoglissus protect natural enemies. Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service.

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However, the yeast causes no damage that would limit the ability of the fruit to be harvested and consumed. Large aggregations of leaffooted bugs can also leave excrement on the surface of the leptoglosus that can reduce its aesthetic appeal.

Leptoglossus zonatus

Insecticides are rarely needed for leaffooted bug control because small blemishes on most fruit are tolerable in gardening situations and because landscape plants are rarely damaged. Insecticidal soap or botanicals, such as neem oil zonatua pyrethrin, may provide some control of young nymphs only.

The adult is distinguished from the other Leptoglossus spp. Florida Entomologist, 95 1: