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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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Saraland, Alabama
Toney, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
Springdale, Arkansas
Carmichael, California
San Diego, California
Auburndale, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Lee, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Osteen, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Bogart, Georgia
Byron, Georgia
Cartersville, Georgia
Villa Rica, Georgia
Waycross, Georgia
Coushatta, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Slidell, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Water Valley, Mississippi
Henderson, Nevada
Englishtown, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aberdeen, North Carolina
Ayden, North Carolina
Blounts Creek, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Clayton, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
Efland, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Nags Head, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Selma, North Carolina
Blythewood, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Easley, South Carolina
Greenwood, South Carolina
Johns Island, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Bellaire, Texas
Bryan, Texas (2 reports)
Buda, Texas
Campbell, Texas
College Station, Texas (2 reports)
Fate, Texas
Gilmer, Texas
Granbury, Texas
Houston, Texas
Leander, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
New Caney, Texas
Pflugerville, Texas (2 reports)
Richmond, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
The Colony, Texas
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Aug 10, 2019, EileenAZ from Tucson, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

These are horrible bugs. They flat-out killed my almond tree several years back. They love pomegranates, as mentioned above. Whenever I see one (not often any more, thank God) I kill them immediately. I've read that spraying dormant fruit trees with an insecticidal oil- don't know which one- will coat and kill the developing eggs or larvae in the slits they cut in the branches to lay their eggs in.


On Sep 18, 2016, melissa_in_phx from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

**Add Phoenix, AZ to the above list**

I was on my patio a few weeks ago filling the feeders for the Lovebirds when I noticed the tree I hang millet in for the finches appeared to be crawling on one of the branches.

Upon closer inspection, not only were these little beasts setting up camp on a couple of branches, they were in the process of taking over one of the Lovies' hanging block feeders. As of two days ago, the peanut feeder has become a battleground, too.

When they first arrived, I didn't know what they were having never seen them. Within a few days, it became clear they needed to go. I've since learned it's a lovely premise and much easier said than done.

To date, blasting them with the hose has been the most effective w... read more


On Jul 8, 2016, gffrenemy from Brooksville, FL wrote:

Thee bugs are the ultimate destroyers of tomato plants in central Florida. I try hard to avoid pesticides - I've planted trap crops of marigold and sun flowers to no avail. I swear I here them laughing at Neem Oil.

I hate touching them-even with gloves and I don't like killing anything. Someone said there's a clay you can mix with water and spray the plant with - but it makes that plant look like you just doused it with Seven dust. I guess that's just a bridge too far for me and I refuse to resort to chemicals.

I'll just buy certified organic veggies and/or source locally from organic gardeners.


On Jun 25, 2016, KristiS from Bogart, GA wrote:

Found this bug in my cantaloupe plants. It is here in Bogart, GA. Please add it to your list.


On Aug 10, 2015, Mind_Your_Dirt from San Diego, CA wrote:

Until I stumbled upon this page, I thought I had two assassin bugs mating on my pomegranates. I even posted photos as to how cool they were and how I was looking forward to their ninja like garden pest control.

Now, I need to go home and kill them all with fire it seems! Or, more mildly, throw them to the chickens!

So, go ahead and add San Diego to the list, because they're here!!



On Jul 21, 2014, Josh12 from Henderson, NV wrote:

The Leaf footed Bug has destroyed many of my Pomegranates here in Henderson, NV. They can fly, I pick them off and put them in soapy water or throw them on the ground to step on them. They put off a bad smell and often fly away and return to lay eggs by somehow piercing the Pomegranate which will reveal dark brown mushy spots in the Fall and ruin the
Pomegranate. If anyone knows any good tips to prevent these bugs other than hand picking them off Please let me know. Thanks.


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


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.


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

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


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.


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... read more


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?!


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.


On Feb 3, 2010, Super65 from Moffat, 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 ... read more


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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