Leaffooted Bug

Leaffooted Bug

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Common names: Leaffooted Bug

Scientific name: Leptoglossus phyllopus

Region: This bug is found in the southern region of the United States, except in the far west areas.

Life cycle: This insect produces one generation each year.  The adults overwinter in sheltered areas.

Physical Description: This insect is dark brown with a yellow band across its 3/4 inch body, and its hind legs are flattened.  The key-shaped eggs are white and laid on the underside of leaves.

Feeding characteristics: This insect will attack the bean, orange, pea, peach, pecan, potato, and tomato plants by chewing the fruits and foliage.

Controls: If the damage is intolerable, use pyrethrum or sabadilla dust, to control the problem.

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