The Western Conifer Seed Bug is a type of leaf-footed bug, about 3/4 inch from head to tail, that feeds on seeds of trees, especially pine. It is not a destructive pest in the home, but is a nuisance. It finds its way into homes during the end of summer and early fall looking for a place to spend the winter. They emit a foul-smelling odor when disturbed, handled, or crushed, so it is also known as a “stink bug.” The sound of its wings in flight resembles the buzzing noise of a wasp or a hornet, which can be startling when one flies past your ear or lands on you!
The designs on their backs resemble either a type of jewelry and/or a strange ceremonial mask created by indigenous peoples.
“Western Conifer Seed Bug.” University of Maine Cooperative Extension. https://extension.umaine.edu/home-and-garden-ipm/common-name-listing/western-conifer-seed-bug/. (accessed December 23, 2017)