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Eastern Leaf-footed Bug

Leptoglossus phyllopus


Leptoglossus phyllopus belongs to the family Coreidae, commonly known as the Leaf-Footed Bugs, named for their leafy-looking hind tibiae. When handled, these bugs give off a distinct odor from scent glands on their thorax. Leptoglossus phyllopus is dark brown with a distinctive white band across the wings when at rest.


L. phyllopus is common in the eastern half of the United States and in southern California. This one was photographed on Trumpet Honeysuckle at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center near Jackson (Aiken County), SC.


It feeds on the tender shoots, buds, and fruits of a variety of plants, it can be a pest to some fruit and nut crops. Several parasitoid wasps attack L. phyllopus, and their eggs are eaten by ants and crickets.

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South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Nov 3, 2012
Submitted on Apr 18, 2013

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