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Pomona, CA

August 11, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9238256

I have a pomegranate tree and have noticed a new type of insect on all of the fruits. Do you guys know what type of insects these are? They are very interesting looking. Thanks

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Churchill, Victoria
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #9239125


This forum is for questions relating to adding data to the BugFiles database.

We have a forum on Insect and Spider Identification here:
and if you post your question there, you may get some help,

Having said all that, I am in fact able to identify your insect. It is in fact a Leaf-footed Bug - Leptoglossus zonatus in the family Coreidae.:

Quoting from the BugGuide site:
Feeds on flowers and fruits of many plants, including citrus, tomatoes, various members of the squash family, and many other plants (3)
Considered a pest not only for the feeding damage on various crops but also as a transmitter of plant pathogens.
First appeared in LA in 1996 (Johnson & Allain 1998) and became the dominant species of leaf-footed bug in Satsuma oranges by 2001 (Henne & Johnson 2003)

Your picture would be a good one to add to our Leptoglossus zonatus page:
You will find a link at the bottom of the page to Upload an image of this bug

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