Bug On Orange
Location: Altadena, California
April 9, 2015
It’s been a while since I’ve sent you a photo; however, I took the following image of an insect on a disfigured orange and thought you might be able to provide an identification? The tree was located in the Anza-Borrego Desert at a private residence. Most of the oranges on the tree were in fine shape; however, a few had identical brown spots on them. I suspect this insect is associated with the bruised / damaged areas on those oranges.
Lori in Altadena, CA
We have gotten previous reports of Western Leaf Footed Bugs, Leptoglossus zonatus, feeding on oranges, tomatoes and we have ourselves seen Western Leaf Footed Bugs feeding on Pomegranates. The insects inject an enzyme that blights the fruit.
Wow! Thanks for the prompt reply! Find attached a few more “bug photos” you might enjoy. I think I’ve ID’d them correctly. Feel free to use the photos if you wish.