Whenever the outside temperatures start warming up, we will get many flies and ladybugs around the house. Living in the woods for the past three years has introduced me to a new resident living with me over the winter months. I had always called this a “stink bug” because whenever someone accidentally steps on one or grab it quickly the bug will produce an unpleasant odor. It has only been recently that I started to investigate the proper identification of this insect. I am proud to introduce you to my new room mate Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis).
The Western Conifer Seed Bug was originally located in the Western part of North America and has made its way over to the east coast more recently (1990 in Western New York). They feed on maturing conifer cones through out the summer and in the fall they will find a location to spend their winter (in a dry location). Many of these shelters would include areas like my house where they will go into a torpor state until the spring thaw. They will then adventure back into the wild and spend the rest of the summer living in the trees.
Ok, I have a funny story to tell! While at Cape Cod my mother had been taken care of my kitties for me (thanks mom). When I returned she asked if “I had any pet bugs that might have gotten out”? My response was, “No, Mom Why”? Answer: “Because I found this ugly long legged bug in your bathroom and quickly washed it down the sink”. I am more than sure this Western Conifer Seed Bug was the same species that she had encountered. Last evening I found this guy (the one in these two photos) on my pillow in my bedroom. Instead of sending them down my drains, I took a few pictures and it went for a quick ride outside.