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Friday, 18 March 2011

'Whats this Dad?'

'What the hell is that. Daaaad!' was the cry from my sons bedroom last night. On arrival I found this western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis) trapped in the bottom of a glass tumbler competing with the dregs of a long gone cherry Tango.

This squash bug is a native of north America but since its introduction to Europe in 1999 has spread rapidly. As with the example above its a large bug readily attracted to light and therefore isn't fussy about coming indoors. For those of you with a copy of A Photographic Guide to the Shieldbugs and Squashbugs of the British Isles: Evans and Edmondson (2005), forget it, you won't find  mention of it - ooops!

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