beetle on pomegranate tree
My pomegranate tree boasts a healthy population of these bugs, and I’ve also seen them flying around the yard and landing on the citrus and sycamore trees. I’d like to know exactly what it is. I live in Orange County in southern California. The bugs are about an inch and a half long. Can you help?
Jennifer Charlton

Hi Jennifer,
This is a Leaf-Footed Bug, Leptoglossus zonatus. We have seen them on pomegranates in Los Angeles. They use their sucking mouthparts to withdraw fluids from the pomegranates, spoiling sections of the fruit with their digestive enzymes. They also are found on tomatoes.

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