Saturday, October 24, 2009
Leptoglossus meets Opuntia
So the Leptoglossus zonata, pomegranate-loving leaf-footed bugs, have broadened their horizon and are now considering the Opuntia cactus as a suitable home or maybe food source. A group of the bugs was exploring the cactus plant, the first one nestled atop an unripe fruit, the second one seems to be checking out the joint between two leaf pads.
This species of bug, new to my garden one year ago, is becoming established here in the tiny kingdom known as the south side of my front yard.