Peter Pearson's picture

Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)

For the second year running we have had an unusual visitor to our bathroom. Last year a squeal caused a rush up the stairs to find my wife pointing at the bath tap. Peering over the top of the tap was a head with large eyes and long antenna. A western conifer seed bug was the culprit and was followed by two more over the next few days.
Today 30.9.2011 our grandson called down that we had a strange 'bug thingy' in the bathroom, again the same insect has made an appearance.
As a new insect to the UK how common is it now?

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odo777's picture

Western Conifer Seed Bug

I'd not heard of them until a few days ago, but they are here in Shropshire (one recorded in Shrewsbury by Dan Wrench yesterday). I think we're going to be finding a lot more of these in the future. Am I right in thinking they can hibernate? Will any survive a UK winter?

Ace Ranger's picture

Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)

Caught one a bit farther north in merseyside. 29 Sept 11. First time ever seen one but got i.d. confirmation on ispot by odo777 (thanks). Very impressive bug. OH didnt think so tho.

Peter Pearson's picture

Western Conifer Seed Bug

This one appears to be spreading very quickly.It would be interesting to see a map of its distribution.

Peter Pearson's picture

Western Conifer Seed Bug

This one appears to be spreading very quickly.It would be interesting to see a map of its distribution.

odo777's picture

Western Conifer Seed Bug

I clicked on the link to the NBN website for a distribution map of Leptoglossus, but no luck. I think access to this data set is currently restricted. I'll do a bit of research and see if I can find out more...

odo777's picture

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Have done a quick search and discovered this link
http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds3/insectinfocuswesternconifersee...

Hope this helps?

It will be interesting to see how the records on iSpot contribute to our understanding of how it's spreading across the UK.

Syrphus's picture

There is a map on the Gateway

There is a map on the Gateway at http://data.nbn.org.uk/gridMap/gridMap.jsp?allDs=1&srchSpKey=NHMSYS00204.... The dots (as with all the Gateway maps) are only as up to date as the datasets there, and these are only as complete as the records submitted to the dataset managers. There are no restricted datasets for this species at the moment (if there were, you would see them at the bottom of the window).

You can never interpret blanks on the maps as absence of the species, especially for the less obvious and popular species. Many gaps show an absence of recorders, or of record centres, schemes, organisations etc. who contribute to the Gateway (by no means all do).

M.

TRY

recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.

lornac's picture

I have one in my bathroom, in

I have one in my bathroom, in Essex! I thought it was a cockroach at first, it seems to have stayed put in the corner for a while, might be dead.