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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Leaffooted Bug Management Guidelines–UC IPM

Adult leaffooted bug feeding causes premature color break and fruit drop, which affects market quality. Coreidae on maize in Itumbiara, Goias.

Nymphs emerge from leptoflossus eggs about 1 week after being deposited, after which they develop into adults in 5 to 8 weeks. Leaffooted bug eggs are laid end to end in strands.

How to Manage Pests

The trap crop plots may be monitored and treated accordingly in order to reduce insect pressure. As zonatud bug nymphs become larger, they can easily be recognized by the development of the leaf-like projection on the hind legs.

Therefore, due to its potential damage, an economic injury level of one to two Leptoglossus zonatus per fruit is suggested. So, you think for sure they are Leptoglossus–what is the difference between occidentalis and zonatus?

They have piercing-sucking mouthparts that allow them to feed on plant parts, particularly seeds. See our Home pageor in the U. In some instances, drying of the internal juice sacs remains hidden but consequently renders the fruit unpalatable. Leptoglossus zonatus Dallas Zonattus, these products are quite toxic to bees and beneficial insects. University of Florida web site. Bugguide is hosted by: But compare these adults note diagnostic flanges of hind legs, and colouration: Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide!


It is widely reported in Nicaragua that the bugs are one of the two important pests of physic nuts, Jatropha curcason which they can complete the entire life cycle. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Coreoidea species file online. There are three common species of leaffooted bugs that are native to California and the western United States. If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office. Unfortunately, row covers will prevent pollinators and beneficial insects from reaching plants. Adult western leaffooted bugs, Leptoglossus zonatus Dallason citrus fruit.

The adult is distinguished from the other Leptoglossus spp. Scelionidae and Trissolcus sp. Flat list – collapsed Flat list – expanded Threaded list – collapsed Threaded list – expanded Date – newest first Date – oldest first 10 comments per page 30 comments per page 50 comments per page 70 comments per page 90 comments per page Select your preferred way to display the comments and click ‘Save settings’ to activate your changes.

Unfortunately, there are no confirmed images yet in bugguide of older stage nymphs of both species. Insecticides are rarely needed for leaffooted bug control because small blemishes on most fruit are tolerable in gardening situations and because landscape plants are rarely damaged.


If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office. Heteroptera of economic importance Schaefer C.

Leaf-footed Bug, Leptoglossus zonatus

What type of Coreidae are these? Eggs hatch into small nymphs that have dark heads and dark legs on bodies that range in color from orange to reddish-brown. In the fall, Leptoglossus zonatus normally moves from crop fields in many instances tomato, cotton, watermelon, etc. Control of leaf-footed bug Leptoglossus zonatus and shield-backed bug Pachycoris klugii with entomopathogenic fungi.

Leptoglossus zonatus Dallas Insecta: Few parasites have been recorded in eggs of Leptoglossus zonatus but little research has been conducted.

Although they may control only a small number of the bugs, natural enemies are important to preserve because they control other pests as well. As a result, Leptoglossus zonatus is categorized as a potential vector of diseases in corn Brambila Instituto Luterano de Ensino Superior de Itumbiara.

Journal of Protozoology When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status.