Subject: Beetle ?
Geographic location of the bug: Catskill New York
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Hundreds of these bugs on and around my house. Also finding their way into my house.
Can you tell me what they are ? Are they pests or are they good for my garden ?
Thank you !
How you want your letter signed: Deb
Though it is a North American species, one can make the argument that the Western Conifer Seed Bug is an invasive species when it is found outside its original range of the Pacific Northwest. Beginning in the 1960s, there was a noticeable range expansion across much of North America and eventually into Europe, and this range expansion is probably due to human assistance. Western Conifer Seed Bugs will enter homes when the weather begins to cool, and they probably stowed away in luggage and other items that people took with them when they traveled or relocated. Though Western Conifer Seed Bugs feed on the seeds of conifers, there is no evidence they harm the trees themselves.
Your observation that there is a greater food supply in the form of pine cones is a likely reason there are greater numbers of Western Conifer Seed Bugs this year.