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Leptoglossus occidentalis. Western Conifer Seed Bug

Observed: 20th October 2011 By: Ben_Rainbow
British Dragonfly Society - Sussex Group
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Western Conifer Seed Bug. 20.10.11. County Hall (smll).jpg
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Natterjacktoad's picture

Hi Ben!

Hi Ben!

Sarah Patton

Ben_Rainbow's picture

Hello Sarah

Hi Sarah, Sorry, I've only just realised there is a comments section - a year later! Hope you are well.

Natterjacktoad's picture

Hi Ben! Yes, I'm good thanks

Hi Ben!

Yes, I'm good thanks - hope all is well with you. Spookily enough, I saw one of these at Kew Gardens yesterday! Also a couple of good micro moths via their mines.

Sarah Patton

jenniferpowell's picture

Hi, please could you point

Hi, please could you point out the main visual differences between this bug and the forest bug, as im always getting them confused! thanks

jennifer powell

bobthebirder's picture

bugs

I think the best single feature is the presence of flattened extensions to the rear pair of legs.

Bob Ford

jenniferpowell's picture

Great, thanks!

Great, thanks!

jennifer powell

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WCS v Forest SB

The Seed Bug is a Squash Bug which grows much bigger than its cousin the SB , The two key ID features are swollen extension to lateral tibia and two faint white marks accross the dorsal wing case , Whilst the Forest SB will have the pattern conexivum it will be smaller have a yellow tip near the apex of the Shield with red legs the legs will have no extension to the tibia Also the paterrn of bands on the antennae are clear for the Forest Bug and in the WCS will be proportionally longer All these factors should assist in differential IDing

Best Wishes

WLR

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jenniferpowell's picture

Thank you very much, ill

Thank you very much, ill print that off for future reference!

jennifer powell

Natterjacktoad's picture

SIZE

The sheer size of the WCSB rules out any species currently occuring in GB!!

Sarah Patton