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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.
- 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.
- Can damage larger green and ripe fruits.
- Can raise their young within fruiting clusters.
- Can be seen flying.
- Most often seen walking on windows and walls.
- 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.
Durgy, Robert, Dept. of Plant Science, University of Connecticut. The Leaf-footed Bug, Is this bug bugging you?
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