Need insect ID
January 14, 2010
My husband gets this bug on his desk in his 3rd floor attic office about once a month. It is very slow moving. We live in Woodinville, Washington which is about 20 miles east of Seattle.
Woodinville, Washington USA (Seattle)
We just finished posting another letter of a Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, that had been smashed, so it is nice to follow that with your photo of a living specimen. Western Conifer Seed Bugs are native to the Pacific Northwest, so this is a local native insect for you. Adults often seek shelter indoors when the weather begins to cool. They will hibernate and become active again when the weather warms in the spring. They are a benign species that will not harm you, your home or its furnishings. Adults and nymps feed on the sap from the cones of conifer trees, so they don’t even damage the host trees.
Thank you so much for the ID and the helpful information.