Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Tacoma washington
Date: 12/17/2018
Time: 06:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve found this in my kitchen. What is It? It was quite large, with wings.
How you want your letter signed:  Daniele

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Daniele,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug you encountered is native to the Pacific Northwest, but beginning in the 1960s, it began to expand its range eastward, most likely due to increased human travel including airline travel.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often seek shelter indoors to hibernate when weather cools, and this phenomenon is quite marked in its expanded range of eastern Canada and U.S., and because of its hibernation habits, we suspect it was able to stow away in luggage and other items involved in human travel.  Beginning in the third millennium, Western Conifer Seed Bugs were introduced to Europe.  Outside of its Pacific Northwest origin, it is considered an invasive species.

Location: Tacoma, Washington

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