Leaf Footed Bug

Subject: Can you help?
Location: Rockledge, Florida
August 20, 2015 10:29 am
Hello! I just caught this bug on my deck this afternoon in central Florida. Looking at the site it looks very similar to the Western Conifer Seed bug, but wondering if that is accurate or if this is an Eastern variety or something closer to an assassin bug?
It does fly. About 3/4″ long. Really super cool and would love to know some more about it!
Signature: Kelly

Eastern Leaf Footed Bug
Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Kelly,
You are quite astute.  While this is not a Western Conifer Seed Bug, it is a member of the same genus.  We believe it is the Leaf Footed Bug
Leptoglossus zonatus because of this BugGuide description:  “Two yellowish spots on the forward part of the pronotum are distinctive.   Also has a zigzagging white band across the wings (like some other species).   Expansions of the hind tibiae are also much larger and more jagged than most other species.”

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