Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann, 1910
western conifer-seed bug
By its size a conspicuous bug, living from sap of cones, in particular the developing seeds. This leads to premature death and fall of young cones and mortality of the seeds.
Cupressaceae, Pinaceae, narrowly polyphagous
distribution within Europe
North American species, since 1999 in Europe, that quickly has become an important pest in pine seed cultivation.
Bracalini, Benedettelli, Croci ao (2013a), Nemer, El Khoury, Noujeim ao (2019a).