Subject:  Is this a kissing bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Missoula, MT
Date: 08/04/2018
Time: 04:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this indoors today,  it landed on my face and it smelled. Thought it could be a stink bug, but the red marking on its body remind me of a kissing bug.  Do kissing bugs smell? I don’t think it’s a west conifer seed bug since the head looks round, and I don’t think the legs were barbed but i’m not sure. I crushed it before getting a good luck at it.
How you want your letter signed:  Jen

Elm Seed Bug

Dear Jen,
This is not a Kissing Bug, but it is a problem nonetheless.  It is an invasive Elm Seed Bug,
Arocatus melanocephalus, and according to BugGuide:  “Native to, and widespread in S. & C. Europe, established and spreading in w. NA” and “Can emit unpleasant odor, especially when crushed.”  BugGuide also notes:  “Doesn’t pose a threat to trees, but may show up indoors in huge numbers” and “Invades homes during summer, may stay through the winter.” 

Elm Seed Bug

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Location: Missoula, Montana

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