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Western Conifer Seed Bug

Leptoglossus occidentalis


Heteroptera (True bug). Family: Coreidae. Length: 16-20 mm (Females largers) Able to fly making buzzing sounds. Do not bite. Primary defense is spray (smell like rotten apples). Proboscis adapted to suck plant sap (conifer cones) Minor tree pest.


Found on the house near woodlands and meadow.


No harm came to the bug or me during handling. (This true bug is similar to the wheel bug (assassin bugs) which should not be handled because of their powerful bite from their injector (proboscis). I knew beforehand that this was a "safe" bug.

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1 Comment

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

It is a beautiful bug, Carol, and the photos are awesome. Way to go, girl!

Carol Snow Milne
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Carol Snow Milne

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Nov 21, 2012
Submitted on Nov 27, 2012

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