Perhaps you had some of these insects enter your home last fall. They weren’t looking to eat anything, just a warm place to hang out until spring. And maybe you got a whiff of their distinctive air freshener, which has been variously described by our social media friends and followers as apple cider vinegar, cherry almond extract, squashed banana, green apple and Pine-Sol, and more. Although they are a type of leaf-footed bug, they are often mistakenly lumped in with “stink bugs,” a different family of true bugs, for emitting an odor when disturbed.

Size: 15-20 mm 

Photos by: Kristi DuBois on 3/28/22 in Missoula, MT