Sometimes a different view of an insect will stump you for a moment. Case in point, this Western Conifer Seed Bug, who was unfortunately found dead in an office, had its wings spread revealing an attractive yellow and black abdomen. A type of leaf-footed bug, they often seek shelter indoors to overwinter and can emit a distinctive odor if disturbed. In spring they will move out and females will lay eggs on the needles and leaves of the trees. Western conifer seed bugs prefer feeding on sap from developing conifer cones (Lodgepole and Douglas-fir).
Photo by Amy Groen on 10/8/20 in Missoula, MT.