Orange Bug – now BIG black bug
I had emailed a few weeks ago about some small orangish bugs with black dots along it’s tail end — you had suggested they might be asassin bugs…..NOW – – I just got back from vacation and found these bad boys on my tomato plants….no more of the small orange ones….I think they grew up…and they fly now…. > I watched them a bit this morning and they seem to be "secreting" some clear fluids from their tails….. Do I kill these things or leave them?
Robyn McRae

Hi Robyn,
You have Leaf-Footed Bugs, Leptoglossus phyllopus, from the Coreid Bug group. It is a widespread and conspicuous minor pest of many kinds of crops including fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and ornamentals. This includes tomatoes. Here is a page with more information.

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