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Genus Leptoglossus

Western Conifer Seed Bug - Leptoglossus occidentalis leaf-footed bug? - Leptoglossus occidentalis brown bug - Leptoglossus phyllopus Leptoglossus occidentalis? - Leptoglossus occidentalis Female, Leptoglossus zonatus? - Leptoglossus zonatus - female Male, Leptoglossus? - Leptoglossus zonatus - male Brown bug with leaf design on it's legs - Leptoglossus zonatus - female Leaf-footed bug - Leptoglossus oppositus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Coreidae (Leaf-footed Bugs)
Subfamily Coreinae
Tribe Anisoscelini
Genus Leptoglossus
Explanation of Names
Leptoglossus Guérin-Méneville 1831
Greek 'narrow tongue'
11 spp. in our area(1); FL, with 9 spp., has the richest fauna; 4 spp. in NC(2); >60 spp. total(3)(4)
15-20 mm
Large coreids with expanded leaf-like hind tibiae, usually brown with transverse white markings across hemelytra
Key to spp. in(5)
New World (L. gonagra pantropical, L. occidentalis introduced to Europe)(3); widespread in our area(5)
L. ashmeadi: FL to MS
L. brevirostris: TX to CA
L. clypealis: c. and sw. US to IA
L. corculus: NY to FL to MO to TX
L. fulvicornis: MA and NY to FL to TX
L. gonagra: Gulf States
L. occidentalis: BC & AB to CA and TX, rapidly expanding to the Atlantic states
L. oppositus: NY-FL-AZ-MN
L. phyllopus: NY south to FL, west to IA and KS, southwest to TX and CA
L. zonatus: sw. US; reported in FL
some are extremely polyphagous (L. phyllopus, L. gonagra), others specialize on plants of a single genus (L. ashmeadi & L. brevirostris on Phoradendron, L. fulvicornis on Magnolia)(6)
most of our spp. are considered economically damaging(6)
See Also
Acanthocephala: hind tibia expansion generally longer and narrower
Narnia: more fuzzy, hind tibia narrower, pronotum yellowish
Internet References
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
3.Livermore L.J.R., Lemaître V.A., Dolling W.R., Webb M.D. Coreoidea species file online. Version 5.0
4.Illustrated key for identification of the species included in the genus Leptoglossus...
Harry Brailovsky. 2014. Zootaxa 3794(1):143-178.
5.Eastern range extension of Leptoglossus occidentalis with a key to Leptoglossus species of America north of Mexico
McPherson J.E., Packauskas R.J., Taylor S.J., O'Brien M.F. 1990. Great Lakes Entomol. 23: 99-104.
6.Heteroptera of economic importance
Schaefer C.W., Panizzi A.R. (eds). 2000. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 828 pp.