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Leptoglossus zonatus on sunflower - Leptoglossus phyllopus - male - female

Leptoglossus zonatus on sunflower - Leptoglossus phyllopus - Male Female
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
September 23, 2009
Size: Body about 3/4 inch long
Found a dozen or so of these happily mating on sunflower plants in the early morning after heavy rains. Leaf-like shape on back legs, zig-zag pattern across back.

Moved from Leptoglossus.

Moved from ID Request.

Leaf-footed bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)
Leaf-footed bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)

I am not an expert, but these look like the ones I saw in north Texas a couple of weeks ago. You can see them in my images.

Your example...
...has a straight line across the back. That line being straight makes it L. phyllopus. The line across the back on the insect on the right is "zig-zaged".

Your example with the straight line:

Leaf-footed Bugs, look like Leptoglossus
I think these are in the Leptoglossus genus, but I'm unsure of the species. Here's an example.
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A match with Leptoglossus zonatus
Thanks, responses came in fast. Happy to have ID on this.

I would have to go with...
...Leptoglossus zonatus based on the two spots on the pronotum (of the middle insect) and the size of the expanded flanges on the tibiae.

The thumb provided above (by Andrew) appears to have these two spots but I believe that is just reflective light. Also note that the tibial expansions are too small in that image.

Perfect match, thanks
This is it, exactly. I have another close-up image that shows the two spots, though it's blurred. Thanks for the scientific description, I wouldn't have known what to call the "flanges." Mystery solved.

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