Please I.D. this one
July 23, 2009
There are ten or more on my tomato plants.
Aiken, SC USA
Dear Dear Noah,
This is a Leaf Footed Bug in the genus Leptoglossus. The Western Conifer Seed Bug is a common ID request from this genus, but your species is, we believe, Leptoglossus phyllopus, based on images posted to BugGuide and the distribution map. 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.”