|Leaf-footed Bugs are about one inch in
have dark gray or brown bodies with leaf-like enlargements on their hind
legs. They closely resemble squash bugs, and give off an odor when
handled. The bugs begin their life as eggs, which are a shiny gold
color. Eggs hatch in 7-8 days. The juveniles (nymphs) are bright red and
black with less prominent extensions on their hind legs. The bugs can
live for over a year and the adults are good fliers.
Leaf-footed Bugs are considered
agricultural pests in Arizona.
Leaf-footed Bugs feed on fruits of a number of
different plants, including oranges, peaches, pecans, tomatoes and
especially pomegranates. They suck the juices out and may carry a
bacteria which causes rotting.