Subject: A different yucca bug
Geographic location of the bug: Carrollton GA – 50 mi w of atl
Time: 10:34 AM EDT
This critter is about an inch long. There is at least on for every blossom on my yucca. Never seen em before. Are they harmful and do I need to do something about them?
I planted this yucca when it was the size of a basketball – now it’s five plants. This is the first year it has had more than one spike. The tallest one came first by a couple of weeks.
How you want your letter signed: Allen
This is a Leaf Footed Bug in the genus Leptoglossus, and we are pretty certain it is the Eastern Leaf Footed Bug, Leptoglossus phyllopus, a species that according to BugGuide is: “polyphagous; most common on thistle in FL, and on Yucca in KS” and “may damage a number of crops (esp. citrus, tomatoes) and ornamentals.”