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.
“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: