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Leaf-footed Plant Bug - Leptoglossus phyllopus

Leaf-footed Plant Bug - Leptoglossus phyllopus
Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
June 12, 2004
This one has a yellowish band.

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I recently read that parasitic flies can take over up to 80% of an area's squash bug population. Seems kind of harsh for this bug...since the hatched larva kills the bug and then overwinters in its body, but I guess it's good for gardeners.

..a Tachinid fly egg on the head (between the eyes). Eric enlightened us about this behavior when I photographed one over the summer with that conspicous white dot.

very interesting
I don't think I knew what those were before I read the comment on antother photo while I was posting these. Then I went back and counted and looked closer. I only found the eggs on two species...the Leptoglossus phyllopus (3 out of 8 had eggs) and one brown species that I'm not sure what it is had one. I thought 3 of 8 was pretty high...those flies must really be busy!

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