What is it
Location: Central Fl
April 3, 2012 11:17 am
Had a bunch of these take over some of my squash plants. Any idea what they are??
We found a matching photo on BugGuide, but alas, the Leaf Footed Bugs were not identified to the species or genus levels. Leaf Footed Bugs feed on the juices of plants, and we don’t expect their presence on your squash plants will have beneficial results for your crop. As we kept searching, we decided to try the genus Leptoglossus and we found a photo of immature Leptoglossus phyllopus on BugGuide that look like your insects. According to BugGuide: “Nymphs and adults suck juices from a variety of plants. This bug is particularly noted as a pest on citrus, on which it causes premature fruit drop, but also known to damage many other crops and ornamental plants. Apparently most common on thistle in FL, and on Yucca in KS.”