What the heck is that bug? You gave us your best guesses
What the heck is that thing?
A listener sent us that question on Instagram:
So we looked to the rest of you for an answer. Here's what you said:
Then we turned to the experts: Rod Crawford at the University of Washington's Burke Museum and David Crowder, an entomologist at Washington State University.
Their opinion based on the photo: A western conifer seed bug, or WCSB for short.
Scientific name: Leptoglossus occidentalis.
"During the active season, these true-bugs feed on the seeds in Douglas-fir cones," Crawford wrote to SoundQs. "In fall they look for a place to hibernate. This often ends up being someone's home. They do no damage in the home, but it really isn't that good a place to hibernate."
People have generically called them stink bugs. But don't you make the same mistake.
The western conifer seed bug can let off a foul odor when disturbed.
Both critters are from the true-bug order, Hemiptera.
But western conifer seed bugs are from the family Coreidae.
Which is a whole other ball of wax as real stink bugs, Pentatomidae.
So now you know.