Leaf-footed bugs

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Adult leaf-footed bug. Photo by Jerry A. Payne, USDA/ARS. Source: www.bugwood.org.

Leaf-footed bug damage to rabbit-eye blueberry. Photo by Jerry A. Payne, USDA/ARS. Source: www.bugwood.org.

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Leaf-footed bugs
are often brightly colored with orange or red markings. Nymphs are wingless, although wing pads are apparent. They are relatively large bugs, growing to be 1 inch in length.

Facts:

  • Adults emerge in spring and feed on flowers and newly forming seeds.
  • Soon they mate and lay eggs on host trees.
  • The eggs hatch after about 10 days, and the nymphs start feeding.
  • There are five nymphal stages, called instars, before adulthood.
  • Nymphs mature to the adult stage and continue to feed through the fall.
  • Feeding by nymphs causes the most economic damage.
  • Overwinter as adults in protected areas, including your house.
  • Complete one generation per year.

Damage:

  • Can damage larger green and ripe fruits.
  • Can raise their young within fruiting clusters.

Scouting:

  • Can be seen flying.
  • Most often seen walking on windows and walls.

Control:

  • Easy to catch because of their slow metabolism.
  • Once caught, destroy them.
  • Be advised, these are members of the stink bug family. If held too long or crushed, they emit a foul odor.
  • Contact your local Cooperative Extension Service office for control measures specifically for your area.

Source:

Durgy, Robert, Dept. of Plant Science, University of Connecticut. The Leaf-footed Bug, Is this bug bugging you? Retrieved 02 July 2010.

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