Leaf-footed Bug

The following photos show a Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus oppositus) spotted along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park. It’s easy to see the origin of the common name for this insect.

A Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus oppositus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

08 OCT 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Leaf-footed Bug

Although Leaf-footed Bugs look somewhat similar to Stink Bugs, they are members of different families within a group of insects known as “True Bugs.” It bugs me that I don’t understand what it means to be a true bug!

A Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus oppositus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

08 OCT 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Leaf-footed Bug

Stink Bugs and Leaf-footed Bugs Are Important Fruit, Nut, Seed and Vegetable Pests. Leaf-footed Bugs feed on Catalpa trees.

Leptoglossus oppositus feeds almost exclusively on pods of catalpa trees (in my experience). Source Credit: Eric Eaton, BugGuide Facebook group member.

Alonso Abugattas, Natural Resources Manager for Arlington County and author of the Capital Naturalist blog, confirms there are Catalpa trees at Huntley Meadows Park.

Editor’s Note: Thanks to BugGuide Facebook group members Judith Fournier, Novalene Thurston, Natalie Hernandez, Eric Eaton, and Alonso Abuggatas for commenting on my post.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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