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Leaf footed Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Leptoglossus (lep-toh-GLOSS-us) (Info)
Species: phyllopus


No positives
2 neutrals
12 negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Saraland, Alabama
Toney, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Bethel Heights, Arkansas
Carmichael, California
Auburndale, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Cheval, Florida
Gibsonia, Florida
Indian River Shores, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lee, Florida
Melrose Park, Florida
Osteen, Florida
Byron, Georgia
Cartersville, Georgia
Villa Rica, Georgia
Waycross, Georgia
Chackbay, Louisiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Eden Isle, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Water Valley, Mississippi
Englishtown, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aberdeen, North Carolina
Ayden, North Carolina
Blounts Creek, North Carolina
Clayton, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
Efland, North Carolina
Fearrington, North Carolina
Mint Hill, North Carolina
Mountain View, North Carolina
Nags Head, North Carolina
Selma, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Coronaca, South Carolina
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Powderville, South Carolina
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
, Texas
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Bellaire, Texas
Bryan, Texas (2 reports)
Buda, Texas
Campbell, Texas
College Station, Texas
Decordova, Texas
Fate, Texas
Greatwood, Texas
Hebron, Texas
Houston, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Pecan Grove, Texas
Pflugerville, Texas (2 reports)
Roman Forest, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Volente, Texas
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Member Notes:

Negative princessnonie On Aug 11, 2006, princessnonie from New Caney, TX
(Zone 8b) wrote:

Neutral shaniqwa On Sep 24, 2006, shaniqwa from Houston, TX wrote:

i have captured a leaf footed bug- leptoglossus phyllopus, it has detroyed my moms watermelons, and her watermelon vines. how do you get rid of these bugs.

Neutral trois On Nov 9, 2006, trois from Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b) wrote:

This bug is very destructive of Hyacinth Bean plants, destroying leaves and beans.

Negative Farmerdill On Aug 5, 2007, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a major pest on Okra in this area. It also feeds on Southern peas.

Negative TitiBebbs On Aug 8, 2007, TitiBebbs from Lee, FL wrote:

I'm pretty sure these are what killed all the corn in our small garden this summer, since they have been ALL OVER the plants which never really produced much and died much earlier than others around here. Now they are all over my cherry tomato plants {YIKES!} which have been producing extremely well until this weekend. I'm seeing a decline in the health of these plants. Are these things anything worse than a nuisance?

Negative 12mockingbirds On Jun 2, 2008, 12mockingbirds from New Orleans, LA wrote:

Nasty Tomato eater. Threw two creole tomato plants in the trash today. Very sad. Seems their shells are very difficult to penetrate. Terrible bug if you are trying to garden organically.

Hopefully they won't return to destroy my citrus.

Negative Super65 On Feb 3, 2010, Super65 from Belton, TX wrote:

In my garden, this is one of the worst pests. They can be as bad or worse than the little green stink bugs on tomatoes. They seem to be more easily driven away by spraying than the green stink bugs, but are often found in greater number. They smell terrible when crushed, but I use my fingers to crush them anyway, mainly out of anger. The problem is that you can pick them off daily all season long and not notice any change. These bugs discolor and ruin tomatoes in the same way the green stink bugs do, by sitting on the ripening fruit and piercing it. Their demeanor is unlike that of the green stink bug in that they will not try to hide from you but will buzz you and fly away when you approach the plant.
I am considering planting a bait crop but I don't know what they like more than tomatoes. I hate these bugs

Negative TropiTiki On Jun 15, 2010, TropiTiki from Murrells Inlet, SC
(Zone 8b) wrote:

These are all over my Purple de Milpa tomatillos. I have lots of other veggies nearby and this is what they always prefer, so if you're looking for a trap crop, try this.

Negative fujitanis3 On Jul 21, 2010, fujitanis3 from Greenwood, SC wrote:

This horrible bug has killed our tomato plants! We are going to have to throw out all of our tomatoes because they have stopped producing. We haven't noticed any damage to the strawberry plants, maybe because we just planted them in the spring. Now they are drinking out of the hummingbird feeder!

Uggh how do we get rid of these pests??? I am originally from SD and never seen anything like this before. We moved to SC almost two years ago, this is our first time growing anything gardenwise. Can anyone say frustration?!

Negative lordclean On Jun 4, 2012, lordclean from College Station, TX wrote:

These bugs have caused greater damage to my crops throughout the years than aphids, whiteflies and thrips combined.

I've found that spraying/dusting in ineffective as the leaf-footed buggers simply leave the area until it is safe to return.

The most effective method of control for this pest is HoD (Hand of Death). They do smell horrible when crushed so I highly recommend wearing gloves.

If you are in an affected zone, be sure to check for adult leaf-footed bugs early in your planting season and KILL ON SIGHT. Being vigilant and killing as many as you can and as early will limit their reproductive numbers later on. Check the stems and leaf surfaces for the adults, be advised that they will attempt to hide from you by fleeing to the other side of the leaf.

The adults will quickly mate and lay eggs on the underside of your fruit/vegetable crop leaves. These eggs are small, about the size of a nail-head, and dark brown to black. Again, squash these on sight.

The eggs will often hatch at the same time, and the nymphs tend to cluster in large numbers on developing fruits or buds. The nymphs are small with red/black markings and are often mistaken for assassin bugs. They are a little easier to kill than the adults as they will not fly away, however the difficulty with the nymphs is in their numbers.

Again, it will make your life much easier if you screen for leaf-footed bugs early and often during your planting season. Good luck.

Negative kevcarr59 On Jun 29, 2012, kevcarr59 from BUda, TX
(Zone 8b) wrote:

Found the most of these bugs on our cantaloupes about 6 weeks ago and dusted with DE. Hadn't seen any for a while but they're back, and applied another shot of DE, and may back it up with Sevin dust.

Negative Hagar3 On Jul 30, 2012, Hagar3 from Byron, GA wrote:

I found several on my Cucumber vines. How do I get rid of them?

Negative cassvillejacket On Aug 18, 2013, cassvillejacket from Cartersville, GA wrote:

Found this bug all over my tomato plants this year (Beefsteak and Cherokee Purple). I suspect these are the creatures leaving the pin-prick size holes in the fruit.

Negative Carriemct On Aug 20, 2013, Carriemct from Carmichael, CA wrote:

I have never seen this bug here in central California until now on my tomatoes. Thank you DG what a great resource! Looks like I need to make it disappear! CMT

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