Leaf Footed Bug

Subject: This guy almost gave me a heart attack!
Location: New Port Richey, FL
October 1, 2013 12:11 pm
Dear Bugman,
I have been completely enamored by your site for years now and I finally have a big picture to share!
I was driving home today and felt something on my arm. I looked down and just saw that it was a large bug. Startled, I pulled over and kicked out the hitchhiker but took a quick picture first before I sent him on his way. Can you identify this guy for me?
Signature: MJ

Leaf Footed Bug
Leaf Footed Bug

Dear MJ,
Thanks for the compliment.  Your Leaf Footed Bug is
Leptoglossus zonatus, and you may distinguish it from other members of the genus by the “two yellowish spots on the forward part of the pronotum” according to BugGuide.

Thank you so much for your quick response.  Living in Florida I see tons of bugs.  I hope to send more pictures in the future!!
Melodie P

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