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By Sigrid Olson

Stink Bug Mistaken Identity


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

A Western Conifer Seed bug. These bugs are part of the 'leaf-footed' family and not the 'stink bug' family, although they emit a strong odor when threatened.

As the hot summer days move into cooler autumn weather, insects like stink bugs and Western Conifer seed bugs are moving into sheltered areas to spend the winter. They may move indoors and if disturbed will cause an odor, although only one is a true stink bug.

Leptoglossus occidentalis, the Western Conifer seed bug is from the Coreidae family. They are known as "leaf footed bugs", and there is only one species around the Blackfoot Valley.

They have been called stink bugs; which they are not, according to Montana State University entomologist Laurie Kerzicnik. "People tend to think the Weste...

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Reader Comments

Kewlchicc writes:

This is so interesting, just another example of how important it is to do research when you're unsure. My sister has told me these are stink bugs, but now I know better. I've also learned that Mosquito hawks are actually Crane flies and don't eat mosquitoes at all.


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