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Leaf-footed Bug Leptoglossus sp.

Leptoglossus sp.

Description:

Brown bugs with wings, approximately 1/2" long.

Habitat:

My front yard on a large succulent for now.

Notes:

Added photos #2 & #3 to show underside of bug. Numbers 4 & 5 show some more details of his anatomy.

1 Species ID Suggestions

oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago
Leaf-footed Bug
Leptoglossus sp.


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6 Comments

oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago

You're welcome. I'm curious just which exact species it is. Most of them have some sort of distinctive marking, or a contrasting color on the antenna. I've never seen one exactly like these before.

Granny Geek
Granny Geek 8 years ago

Thanks for helping me ID this bug.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 8 years ago

Oxyjack is correct. I wasn't sure which is why I didn't suggest the ID :) just tried to give a starting point. We get both assassins and leaf-footed bugs here to. I have +1 his ID. Got to love Bugguide and PN- hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Granny Geek
Granny Geek 8 years ago

Thanks, MaryEvans2, I Googled assassin bugs and these bugs DO look a lot like them. However, Googling Oxyjack's identification yielded what looks to me like a closer match. And, I've got to admit, his credentials are pretty impressive, too. :-)
I was not able to determine the species, but I've learned a lot reading about them. Note the long tube (visible between the pair) that they use for feeding. A couple of sites have great info, especially
http://bugguide.net/node/view/56820

oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago

Unfortunately, this is a plant feeder. There's a species in Arizona that specializes on cactus. I'm not sure which exact species this is, but it's definitely a Leptoglossus bug.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 8 years ago

Nice spot, they appear to be assassin bugs of some sort.

Granny Geek
Spotted by
Granny Geek

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 6, 2012
Submitted on Apr 6, 2012

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