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Hemistola chrysoprasaria
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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are closed due to the Covid-19 situation, but we are otherwise normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm, check. We are also normally open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.

Leptoglossus occidentalis (Western Conifer Seed Bug)

This large (20mm) bug is a native of North America.  It was introduced into mainland Europe circa 1999 and there are now very occasional reports of it crossing the channel to the UK.

It is a pest of conifer seeds rather than of leaf or wood but is considered to be a potential pest in the UK.  The specimen illustrated in the photo gallery was found in the offices of the Essex Wildlife Trust at Great Wigborough on 26th October 2009.