Bugs That Smell Like Green Grass When Killed
Bugs that invade our homes find themselves victims of a shoe or swatter. Sometimes, though, the bugs retaliate by emitting a scent after their death. In some cases, this smell can be rather unpleasant for many people, but there are some bugs whose scent resembles freshly cut grass to certain noses.
The grass scent may not be a universal experience, though.
Western Conifer Seed Bug
The western conifer seed bug, known scientifically as Leptoglossus occidentalis, may also be known as a stink bug. However, the western conifer seed bug is unrelated to true stink bugs; true stink bugs belong to the Pentatomoidea family of insects and tend not to wander indoors. They may be confused with assassin bugs, as they have similar body shapes; however, the western conifer seed bug has thicker hind legs and a less obvious mouth, in addition to its very long antennae. These bugs have a dull brown exterior.
Despite their name, the western conifer seed bug does not live solely in the western part of the country. These bugs can be found across the country. In spring and summer, the bug lives among conifer trees, such as pines and firs. The western conifer seed bug commonly enters homes during later summer, fall and winter in order to find a home for the winter.
While the bug has little to no scent normally, if startled or touched, it emits a scent. This scent is designed to ward off any potential predators. Amherst College’s website describes the scent as acrid and citrusy. If the initial scent fails to scare off a human and that person chooses to kill the bug, he may be met with an unpleasant odor. This scent lingers in the air and some surfaces, such as fabrics or carpet, for some time. While many people describe the scent as foul, others report that these bugs, upon death, emit a freshly cut grass smell.
The Drip Cap
- Bugs that invade our homes find themselves victims of a shoe or swatter.
- The western conifer seed bug, known scientifically as Leptoglossus occidentalis, may also be known as a stink bug.
- These bugs can be found across the country.
- While many people describe the scent as foul, others report that these bugs, upon death, emit a freshly cut grass smell.
Ticara Gailliard is a college graduate with a degree in communications/film and video production from the University of Memphis. She has been a writer for over 15 years and has been published in local writing magazines such as "Grandmother Earth." She also edited two books for her high school.