Leaffooted Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus) mating

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Leaffooted Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus) mating

May be a pest of fruit bearing trees and shrubs but has a place in the circle of life.

eggs feed parasitoids include important pollinators such as chalacid and other parasitic wasps (Gryon spp. and Ooencyrtus sp.)
egg predators include: fire ants and tree crickets.
adult predators include spiders (personal observation) see photo below.

Learn: http://sites.duke.edu/dukeinsects/insect-orders/hemiptera/leptoglossus-phyllopus

“Indigenous insect parasitoids and predators are important sources of mortality for herbivorous insect pests (Smith & Mittler 1967, Batra 1982, Jones 1982). Often, however, the effectiveness of these entomophagous species is limited in the field by insecticides (DeBach 1974).” (source: Mumuni Abudulai, B. Merle Shepard, and Paula L. Mitchel, Parasitism and Predation on Eggs of Leptoglossus phyllopus (L.) (Hemiptera: Coreidae) in Cowpea: Impact of Endosulfan Sprays)

Shown on Florida Native Plant: AMERICAN BEAUTYBERRY (Callicarpa americana).

From Sept 2013:

lynxLeaffootSept2013

preyed on by Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans)

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