CASUAL INSECTS

Tarnished West Cones

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Description:

The Tarnished West cones are between 15 mm and 20 mm long, elongated and fairly robust, the male being a little shorter. It is reddish-brown with two inverted white Vs on its fore wings and 5 black rectangles on each side of the abdomen. This insect has long, leaf-shaped hind legs.

Food:


Nymphs and adults spend summer on pines and spruces to feed on the sap of cones and buds.

Habits:

The Tarnished West cones live on conifers such as spruce and pine, and when cool in Septembervit look for places to hibernate such as homes or under piles of leaves.

Reproduction:

The female lays rows of 4 or 5 eggs on conifer needles.