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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Leptoglossus zonatus

Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide! If leptogoossus, insecticides will be most effective against small nymphs.

For late-season infestations in pomegranate trees, prune trees so that there is a space between tree limbs and the ground. For most ornamental and many garden plants, feeding on the leaves and shoots causes no visual damage and is of little concern.

Heteroptera of concern to southern U. Eupelmidae leptoglosus, Brasema sp. Reported parasitic rates on eggs of Leptoglossus zonatus are as follows: Covers must be applied early, before bugs arrive and lay eggs on plants; otherwise, bugs will be trapped inside. Achieving good control will likely require some combination of these methods.

Bugguide is hosted by: If insecticides are zonatue close to harvest, make sure to observe the leltoglossus period indicated on the insecticide label; and wash the fruit before eating. Adults are strong flyers that may feed initially on the seeds of winter weeds and later move into gardens, landscapes, and farms in search of early-season fruit and a place to lay eggs.


Control of leaf-footed bug Leptoglossus zonatus and shield-backed bug Pachycoris klugii with entomopathogenic fungi.

Eggs also exhibit flattened round structures clearly visible at the ends which the nymphs use to exit the egg. Leaffooted bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts that extend more than half of the length of the narrow body.

Other hosts feeding suitable for nymphal growth include the leptpglossus and flowers of avocado, cotton, cucurbits, eggplant, guava, limes, melons, oranges, pomegranate, sorghum, elptoglossus and Chinese tallow. Leptoglossus zonatus Dallas Insecta: Thoroughly examine plants for all stages of the pest, daily to several times per week. All three species have a white zigzag pattern across the wings: Adults migrate from weedy areas into gardens and landscapes, particularly when fruits have started to ripen.

Aggregation of nymphs of the western leaffooted bug, Leptoglossus zonatus Dallas. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide!

However, the yeast causes no damage that would limit the ability of the fruit to be harvested and consumed. Bugguide is hosted by: Two yellowish spots on the forward part of the pronotum are distinctive. If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office. Adult western leaffooted bug, Leptoglossus zonatus Dallaswith distinct whitish band across the corium and two pale yellow spots on the pronotum.

However, in Honduras it is only considered a minor garden pest. Biocontrol Science and Technology 8: Biology, ecology and management of key pests of satsuma citrus in Alabama.


Varieties of satsuma that are resistant to Leptoglossus zonatus remain undiscovered. It wouldn’t hurt keeping just this one because of the adult and juveniles. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

It develops during the latter instars along with the change to adult coloration. However, in severe cases, insecticides can be considered as a last resort. For noncommercial purposes only, any Web site may link directly to this page.

Leptoglossus zonatus

Try to eliminate such areas near your garden or keep weedy areas closely mowed. A study conducted in Brazil found that Leptoglossus zonatus can transmit a protozoan plant pathogen known as a trypanosomatid. In the fall, all bugs develop until they become adults that overwinter in aggregations.

Insecticidal soap or botanicals, such as neem oil or pyrethrin, may provide some control of young nymphs only. Leptoglossus clypealis Heidemann, Adult coreids are known to be parasitized by tachinid flies, such as Trichopoda pennipes and Trichopoda plumipes. However, these products are quite toxic to bees and beneficial insects.

Florida Entomologist, 95 1: Photograph by Lacy HycheAuburn University. Small leaffooted bugs can be confused with nymphs of the assassin bug Zelus renardii.