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Insects, Leaf-footed

Western Conifer Seed Bug (2017)

Western Conifer Seed Bug (2017)

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 (2012)

Western Conifer Seed Bug (2012)

Western Conifer Seed Bug (2012)

Western Conifer Seed Bug (2012)

Additional resources

“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)

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