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Western Conifer Seed Bug? - Leptoglossus corculus

Western Conifer Seed Bug? - Leptoglossus corculus
Mathews County, Virginia, USA
March 19, 2006
I am fairly certain that this is a Western Conifer Seed Bug but would like confirmation. Thank you.

I think this is actually a
Leaf-footed Pine Seed Bug (Leptoglossus corculus). In the Western Conifer Seed Bug, the outer hind tibial dilation is nearly equal in length to that of the inner hind tibial dilation. (In other words, the leaflike expanded portion of the hind tibiae looks fairly symmetrical), but in yours, the inner dilation is clearly shorter, which is characteristic of L. corculus. Compare:

Leaf-footed Pine Seed Bug:

Western Conifer Seed Bug:

Hope that helps!

Looks like we were writing these comments concurrently
- I'm glad we agree!

Could be L. corculus, I think
compare L. occidentalis:

L. corculus:

Looks to me like the outer dilation of the leg is longer than the inner one, which is the identifying characteristic for L. corculus.

Hannah, right after I posted my comment, yours was already there. I thought it was too funny that we used the exact same thumbs, too! Great minds think alike, maybe? ;)

Thank you!
Hannah and J.R. - Thank you both for your prompt IDs! I'm going to study these two insects side by side. For more than a year I assumed this was a Western Conifer Seed Bug and can now see that it isn't. I'm glad I finally uploaded the photo. Thanks again. Carol

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