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Happenings in the insect world
by Gene Hannon
on September 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM
The leaf-footed bugs in your great photos are Leptoglossus zonatus. The distinctive character for this species is the two yellow ovals on their pronotum. L. clypealis has a distinctive needle like spine between its eyes... on the tip of its nose or tylus. According to the home owners I have spoken with here in Fresno, these leaf-footed bugs can and do pierce the fruit with their proboscus and damage the internal seeds. Lastly, I should mention that occasionally I will find one L. clypealis mixed in with a larger population of L. zonatus, but the latter is the dominate species in pomegranate trees in the SJV as far as I can tell from my limited three years of experience as staff entomlogist for Fresno County Dept of Ag.
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on September 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Thank you for sharing this information on Leptoglossus zonatus!
by Win Rogers
on August 30, 2013 at 2:58 PM
if those yellow ovals are the distinctive character for Leptoglossus zonatus, then that's what I'm looking at today, a lady collected them from her home pomegranate. thank you!
by Win Rogers
on September 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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