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western conifer-seed bug – Leptoglossus occidentalis

western conifer-seed bug - Leptoglossus occidentalis

The western conifer-seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis) is an invasive, plant-eating pest that has arrived in South America in recent years. Due to its resemblance to kissing bugs and its propensity to overwinter in homes, entomologists in Chile have seen a rise in public alarm. While kissing bugs are known to carry the pathogen that causes Chagas disease, the western conifer-seed bug is not a disease vector and has only rarely been reported to bite humans. (Photo credit: Dawn Dailey O’Brien, Cornell University, Bugwood.org)

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