This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Evergreen, Colorado Bear, Delaware Oakland, Maryland Shirley, Massachusetts Utica, Michigan Salem, New Hampshire Croton On Hudson, New York Nichols, New York Sodus, New York Bowling Green, Ohio Headrick, Oklahoma Pottstown, Pennsylvania
In the early spring these bugs move outdoors to nearby coniferous trees. The bugs feed on the developing seeds and early flowers of different species of conifers. Females lay rows of eggs on needles, which hatch in about ten days. Yound nymphs begin to feed on green cones and needles of pine and Douglas fir and pass through five stages until they reach adulthood by late August. The nymphs are orange and brown, becoming reddish brown as they develop. Adults feed on ripening conifer seeds until they seek their winter quarters. There is only one generation per year.
On Jan 26, 2009, LadyAshleyR from Oakland, MD wrote:
When irritated this bug releases a horrid stench which can be related to the smell of stagnanting oranges. (At least that's what it smells like to me).
This odor will stick to your skin, and WILL NOT come off with soap. I definitely don't recommend trying to step on them, smash them, or touch them in any way, shape, or form.