Vain bug caught checking himself out in our bathroom mirror!
Location: Littleton, CO
November 18, 2011 6:54 pm
My son discovered this guy in our bathroom on the mirror. He freaked out, thinking it was an ugly bug that would attack him or something. I grabbed the camera and took pictures before placing him back outside because I thought it was kind of cool looking. Is it some kind of grasshopper? Doesn’t look like the type I am used to seeing around here but I have no clue what else it might be. Thanks for your help!
As soon as the weather begins to cool appreciably, Western Conifer Seed Bugs like the one in your photo and some other Hemipterans, like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Boxelder Bug enter homes to hibernate. They do not cause any damage to the home, its furnishings or its inhabitants. The Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, is native to the Pacific Northwest, but beginning in the 1960s, it greatly expanded its range, probably because of accidental introduction to new regions by humans when the Western Conifer Seed Bug was transported with luggage, packages and other methods of moving goods.