What are these bugs on my tien tsins?
Location: Savannah, GA
October 11, 2010 11:21 am
These insects are all over two branches of my pepper plant. They don’t appear to be eating it. What are they? Are they harmful or beneficial to my vegetable garden?
Signature: K. Kelley
Dear K. Kelley,
These are immature Leaf Footed Bugs in the genus Leptoglossus. They look very close to an example, also on a pepper plant, also in Georgia, that was posted to BugGuide. There is a comment on that post that they are not harmful to the plant. It is our observation that a west coast relative in the same genus feeds upon pomegranate and tomatoes, and that the sucking of fluids from the plants, and the probably injection of saliva, causes blemishing on the fruits, so we personally do not consider them to be totally harmless to the plant if there are large numbers of individuals.