|A BIT ABOUT BUGS
Western Conifer Seed Bug
A very large and spectacular squashbug which has characteristic expansions on the hind tibiae and a white zigzag mark across the centre of the forewings.
Native to the USA and introduced into Europe in 1999, it has since spread rapidly and during 2008-2011 influxes of immigrants were reported from the coast of southern England, with a wide scatter of records inland.
The bug feeds on pines and is now well-established in England and Wales, but with very few records from Scotland. It is attracted to light and frequently enters buildings in search of hibernation sites in the autumn. Further information
Adult: All year
Length ~20 mm
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|Adult: Cornwall (October 2010)
|Adult: Cumbria (October 2008)
|Adult: Sussex (August 2008) ©Andy Phillips
south London (July 2010) ©Tristan
|Late instar nymph: France (September 2019) ©Maria Justamond