|Leptoglossus occidentalis - I rather like this bug's funky patterns.|
We've identified it as Leptoglossus occidentalis, the western conifer seed bug . Despite the implication of its common name, this insect has actually been found as far East as Nova Scotia , though it has been suggested that this might represent a fairly recent range expansion. L. occidentalis has also been recently introduced to Europe, where it is considered invasive .
The common name is slightly misleading in that it implies that L. occidentalis eats the seeds of conifers. Actually, it eats the sap of conifers, collecting it at the base of developing cones; as a consequence of L. occidentalis sucking sap from the base of cones, the cones can end up being malformed or failing to develop (and thus end up with reduced seed production).
Since the weather is starting to turn and I have started to see flowers emerging on the trees and from the ground, the season has returned for me to blog a bit! I may not blog with the same frequency as last year, but I will make an effort to update regularly.
 Kaufman, Kenn, and Eaton, Eric R. 2006. Field Guide to Insects of North America. Hillstar Editions LC, Rocky Ridge.