Bug Identification

Asked January 23, 2020, 9:31 AM EST

Hello, wanting to confirm what type of bug this is. I believe it is maybe a Western Conifer Seed Bug but I'm not sure. We have found them in the last 2 days here at my job within the office area (on a desk, on chair and on the wall). Before this week, we had not seen them before. We do have a warehouse connected to our offices with imported pallet storage.

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Thanks for the question.

When insects are discovered in a dwelling at this time of the year, it generally means that they did not come in of their own accord. Rather they were transported in. Often this may be on plants that are brought inside. Another way would be via of construction materials. You are correct in your identification of this this as a Western Conifer Seed Bug. They really are quite colorful insects during the summer but lose much of their pigment during the winter months. They are completely harmless and cause no need for worry. They should disappear within a few weeks. The easiest way to get rid of them is simply vacuuming them up. My guess is that adult insects were carried in on the pallets. In fact, if you were to look carefully at these pallets you would probably see some pieces of bark still on them. If you lift up this bark, you may even find some specimens of this insect,

The following may be of interest to you:

https://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/western-conifer-seedbug

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Western-Conifer-Seed-Bug

https://www.massaudubon.org/learn/nature-wildlife/insects-arachnids/western-conifer-seed-bugs

Please get back to us if you have further questions. Good Luck