Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bugged out

Meet my little friend...


This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis, family Coreidae.) They have been moving east over the years and apparently showed up in Ontario in 1985. Here's a good Royal Ontario Museum blog post about them.




They are quite harmless, but not very fond of cold winters, so in the autumn they often look for warm accommodations in your house


I think this bug's markings are very attractive, and look at those cute little bug eyes! I love all the details the macro lens picks up, which I otherwise wouldn't notice.



Apparently Mr. WCS Bug he had a friend along with him. 

If you annoy them enough, they will release a bitter, unpleasant scent. You can read more about these bugs here

20 comments:

  1. Actually a work of art. Thanks for not showing any bees!

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    1. Happy to oblige! The bees have pretty much shacked up for winter now! But, uh, I've got Tobago bees coming.

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  2. A fine looking fellow!

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  3. More bug butts...HURRAH!!!

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  4. I am in awe of nature and ALL it's beauty! (and your photography too!!)

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  5. "If you annoy them enough, they will release a bitter, unpleasant scent"

    Yeah, I've got a few friends like that too.

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    1. Don't we all, Don, don't we all! ;)

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  6. I love the geometric pattern on the back. It reminds me of the pottery designs of
    the Indians of the Southwest. The bug itself looks like a box elder bug and they like to swarm in warm places in the fall too.

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    1. You are right about the pattern! Beautiful. We have box elder bugs here too I think!

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  7. Always like your photos and info on insects. I appreciate the time you must put in to get these photos.

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    1. Time and a lot of crawling around on my hands and knees. :) GLad you enjoy them, Red!

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  8. Handsome little guy. His eyes make him look slightly surprised and vulnerable. Great photos as always in this post and the previous one.

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  9. I think we generally call them "stink bugs." The "stink" also happens when you accidentally on purpose step on them (or so I've heard). I am in such macro-lens envy! You can even see the minute hair on his body.

    janet

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  10. Pawsome looking little guy :)

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!