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Leptoglossus? - Leptoglossus corculus

Leptoglossus? - Leptoglossus corculus
Cary, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
October 4, 2005
Tentative ID of L. corculus, see comments.

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Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)

The colors change depending on the lighting, but the patterns are the same.

Definately not an Eastern Leaf-footed Bug - Leptoglossus phyllopus, but if you want some photographs I have about 2 dozen feeding on the yucca plant in my yard, painful but neat.

Does it occur as far south as NC? The ones in the guide are mainly in the NE, and the NCSU Insect Collection has 25 pinned specimens, but none are from NC. They do however list L. corculus as occuring in NC, and I found a photo here, as well as this one. Thoughts?

I've just been looking at the Leptoglossus key
from The Great Lakes Entomologist, and I agree this is very probably L. corculus. The outer hind tibial dilation distinctly longer than the inner hind tibial dilation is what they use to distinguish it from L. occidentalis. I've been wondering why we didn't have any images of this species in the guide yet - it should be fairly common. I made a guide page, in case anyone agrees we can move this to it.

Looks good
Do you have a guide delineating the differences?

I have a key.
I have a key at home, and some day will go through the questionable Leptoglossus. This is not likely L. occidentalis, though, based on the flaring of the leg flanges. In L. occidentalis they are considerably less pronounced.

Do these have the purportedly dangerous bite of the related assassin bugs, or a similar effect on humans? My home is being invaded by loads of these.

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