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Have a Leaf-Footed Bug Problem?


The Leaf-footed Bug can be identified by its leaf shaped back legs. Its body is flat with a white or yellowish band across its back. Female Leaf-footed Bugs lay eggs under places like plant leaves and tree bark, where their young can begin feeding after hatching. Nymphs look like adults but are pale, becoming darker after each molt.

Leaf-footed Bug feed on a variety of plants, fruits, and vegetables and can devastate crops in large numbers. Smaller numbers can cause significant damage to home gardens, landscaping, or patio plants. A few species of Leaf-footed Bugs are predatory, hunting small insects like grasshoppers and caterpillars.

In the fall Leaf-footed Bugs will search for warm places to overwinter, including homes. They can gather in large numbers in walls, attics, and crawl spaces, emerging in spring when temperatures rise.


Light to dark brown


Up to 1 1/2”


The leaffooted bug, Leptoglossus phyllopus (Linnaeus), is a widespread and conspicuous minor pest of many kinds of crops, including fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and ornamentals. It has been reported as a major pest in citrus groves, where its feeding on ripening fruit causes premature color break and fruit drop.

Control Advice

Seal spaces around doorways, windows, foundations, utility wires, pipes, and dryer vents. Use tight fitting screens for open windows.

Active Seasons

The Leaf-footed Bug is most active in spring and summer.

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