Preferred Scientific Name; Leptoglossus zonatus. Taxonomic Tree; Domain: Family: Coreidae; Genus: Leptoglossus; Species: Leptoglossus zonatus. Leptoglossus zonatus adult. Leptoglossus clypealis adult showing sharply pointed clypeus. Leptoglossus occidentalis adult. Leaffooted bug eggs are laid end to. Records of Two Pest Species, Leptoglossus zonatus (Heteroptera: Coreidae) and Pachycoris klugii (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae), Feeding on the Physic Nut.

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However, in severe cases, insecticides can be considered as a last resort. See our Home pageor in the U. However, they can usually be found at variable population densities in the field throughout leptoglossuss year.

Avoiding use of persistent broad-spectrum insecticides and assuring pollen and nectar sources for adult beneficials are important ways to protect natural enemies. It feeds on many types of plants and is most commonly reported by gardeners leptogglossus a pest of tomatoes and pomegranates; farmers primarily report it as a pest of almonds, pistachios, and pomegranates. Bugguide is hosted by: These chemicals are likely involved in Leptoglossus zonatus territorial defense or recognition behavior as well as being key factors in host-plant selection by Leptoglossus zonatus.

Biocontrol Science and Technology 8: Leptoglossus clypealis adult showing sharply pointed clypeus.

Leaffooted bug predators include birds, spiders, and assassin bugs. Further details leptoglosxus be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

They are closely related to other sucking insects, such as stink bugs family Pentatomidae that can also suck juices from plants.

How to Manage Pests

Scutelleridaefeeding on the physic nut, Jatropha curcas, in Mexico. What other than Leptoglossus zonatus has white spots on the pronotum? A row cover is a light, permeable material, usually made of polypropylene or polyester. Photos of insects and people from the gathering in ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos from the gathering in Washington.


When outbreaks occur, a variety of methods will likely be needed to manage this pest, which may include removing overwintering sites or the use of weed host removal, row covers, physical removal, natural enemies, and insecticides. If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office. Click the contributor’s name for licensing and usage information.

Therefore, monitor infested plants for egg masses and try to make insecticide applications when small nymphs are present.

Species Leptoglossus zonatus –

Nymphs of this beneficial insect have light-colored legs and antennae and hatch from barrel-shaped eggs that are grouped together with a white cone top. It has a Tachinid egg on its head, like If you have a close-up you may want to submit and include it on Tachinidae.

This page was last edited on 22 Marchat Grimm C, Guharay F. Heteroptera of concern to southern U.

At this time, overwintering adults are still alive as the first generation of their offspring develop into adults. In addition, most insecticides available to homeowners only have temporary effects on the leaffooted bug.

Manual control may work at low populations especially prior to harvest. Xiao Y, Fadamiro H. Leaffooted bug eggs are laid end to end in strands. Adult coreids are known to be parasitized by tachinid flies, such as Trichopoda pennipes and Trichopoda plumipes. Alarm pheromone system of leaf-footed bug Leptoglossus zonatus Heteroptera: Small leaffooted bugs can be confused with nymphs of the assassin bug Zelus renardii. Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide!


Coreidae on maize in Itumbiara, Goias. Journal of Protozoology When weather gets warm, typically in March in the San Joaquin Valley and April in the Sacramento Valley, adults disperse to find food sources. What type of Coreidae are these?

Leptoglossus zonatus

Evaluation of damage to satsuma mandarin Citrus unshiu by the leaf-footed bug, Leptoglossus zonatus Hemiptera: The preferred host of Leptoglossus zonatus is tomato, Solanum lycopersicumwith satsuma a distant second.

The bug is two centimeters in length, gray in color, with a zigzagging whitish band across its back and two distinctive yellowish spots on its anterior pronotumthe identifying characteristic for the species.

Instituto Luterano de Ensino Superior de Itumbiara. First record of bugs Hemiptera: Leaffooted bugs are in the family Coreidae and get their name from the small leaf-like enlargements found on the hind leg. Western leaf-footed bugs are mainly managed using alternative insecticides with several products available in the market. Adult western leaffooted bug, Leptoglossus zonatus Dallaswith distinct whitish band across the corium and two pale yellow spots on znoatus pronotum.

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Journal of Chemical Ecology Feeding on small fruit e. Don’t need the entire report? Laying a white ground cover beneath the plant can aid in seeing the insects when using this control method.

When leaffooted bugs feed, this yeast can be introduced into fruit causing a variety of symptoms usually related to discoloration.