Location: Crystal River Fl Central Florida E coast
August 12, 2017 2:18 pm
If you could let me know exactly what this bug is called it would be great. Thanks so much
Signature: Michelle Smith
These are immature Leaf Footed Bugs in the genus Leptoglossus, and we found a nice page on them on the Citrus Pests site where it states: “The genus Leptoglossus is polyphagous and attacks many weeds as well as economically-important crops.” Bugs in this genus will feed on a wide variety of plants, many found in the vegetable garden or flower garden, and since they use their specially evolved mouthparts to pierce and suck fluids, they can severely damage tender plant shoots. Based on the BugGuide information that “Two yellowish spots on the forward part of the pronotum are distinctive”, we are confident your individuals are Leptoglossus zonatus., a species that “may damage a wide variety of crops but is considered rare and of little economic importance.” Here is a BugGuide image.