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Subject: Insect ID
Location: Agoura Hills CA
March 5, 2013 5:32 pm
Greetings from Southern California. We see examples of this crawling on our walls from time to time. Here’s a photo I took today myself March 5, 2013. The finger is to indicate the scale. My kids are concerned, though I’m sure it’s harmless. Many thanks.
Signature: Alan

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Alan,
It seems that in recent weeks, a significant percentage of our insect identification requests have been for Carpet Beetles, including the Varied Carpet Beetle,
Anthrenus verbasci, the species in your image.  Your photo is of a much higher quality than most of the requests we have received recently, so we are using your request as a feature on our site to inform our readers about Carpet Beetles.  Carpet Beetles are common household pests that feed on a variety of organic items in the home, including “wide variety of materials of animal origin (wool, fur, skins…)(1); stored food materials and products (biscuits, cakes, seeds, wheat, maize, oats, rice, cayenne pepper, cacao, and dried cheese)” according to BugGuide.  For clarification, only the larvae eat those items.  Adults, which are frequently found on windowsills, feed on pollen.

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Subject: Bug from Thrift Store? making me seriously ill
Location: Arvada, Colorado
March 5, 2013 8:56 am
I have noticed this bug for probably a couple of months. The only place that I find the, is usually one at a time, in the mornings on the top of my stove.
At first I thought they were mice feces, until about a week ago when I went to scoop it in the trash & it scurried away!!
I was MIT at a Thrift Store, & 2 weeks into the job, I developed hives & such. I fought it for 15 months, going to my PCP, a dermatologist, and had prick allergen testing, which revealed my only allergies were tov2 trees, & most grasses & weeds I then was sent into Workmans compv& had Patch testing run. This revealed allergies to Indystrial compounds; Chromate, Cobalt, Ethylednaminedihydrochloruse, and Balsam of Puru.
I have suffered recurring rashes covering my hands, neck, face,& scalp. I seem to clear up on steroids & antibiotics, but once off the meds, I reflare with a vengance. Nobody can seem to figure out what is wrong with me, as I continue to suffer. I often feel as though I’m being ”bitten”, and itch incessantly.
I’ve not worked at the Thrift Store since August 2012, but am still suffering and UNABLE to work.
Could THIS BUG be the culprit, & WHAT IS IT?????
I’ve checked my mattress & have not seen any there.
This bug is about 1/8”, brownish in color, no visible legs, apparent antanae on the head.
PLEASE HELP!! I’m freaking out & tired of being sick!! In addition, I need to get this cleared up so U may find different work
Thank you!
Miserable in Coloradi
Signature: Miserable in Colorado

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Miserable in Colorado,
We are not qualified to make medical diagnoses, nor do we have any scientific credentials.  This appears to be a Larder Beetle,
Dermestes lardarius, a species that commonly infests stored food products.  We do not believe it has any relationship to your symptoms.  You might want to suggest that your healthcare providers explore the possibility of Delusory Parasitosis.

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Subject: Bed Bug
Location: England, suburban near London, my bedroom
January 30, 2013 6:29 pm
Hello, I’ve asked for a few bugs to be identified from here before :), you might remember because I have no high quality cameras, so i drew the bug in paint. I was just lying down to nap when I noticed this bug on the wall (a white wall but permanently in the shade) next to my bed, inches away from where my head would lie. Naturally, I have been freaking out however since I am also curious about bugs and love biology, I’d like to know what it is before I banish it, and hopefully its not been biting me in the night. (I’d also like to know if it does bite or cause allergies, if there are going to be more around!)
When I tried to catch it, using paper and a jar, it seemed to jump quite quickly straight underneath the paper that was supposed to be hugging the wall. I then thought the bug was dead as when I put it on the ground to inspect it I could manipulate it with a bit of paper and it would not react, for example I turned it over to draw the underside, however when drawing it the right-way round it started moving around very slowly, which suprised me, so I guess this bug ’plays dead’. Hopefully that information will help if the pictures don’t haha. It’s also very very tiny, like an eyelash folded over on itself. It seems hairy or at least tiny spikes, please let me know if you can identify it because, I don’t know if I can sleep now :P.
Signature: Nick

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Hi Nick,
Thanks to your thorough letter and excellent drawing, we believe you have Carpet Beetle Larvae.  They do not bite, but they might have a connection to allergies.  Carpet Beetle Larvae are common household pests that feed on natural fibers and debris such as pet hair.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Pacific Northwest
January 21, 2013 8:16 pm
Hi. I found a few of these pests under my bed in a leather bound book and a couple on the box spring What are they?
Signature: Not a fan of bugs

Carpet Beetle Larvae

You have Carpet Beetle Larvae.

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Subject: Home invasion in Austria
Location: Vienna, Austria
January 7, 2013 4:14 pm
Hi Bugman,
I came home from my winter vacation and found lots of those little black guys everywhere in my flat. They are about 3 to 4 millimeters long. Can you held me to identify their species?
Signature: Cheers, Hannes

Pantry Weevil is Caulophilus oryzae

Hi Hannes,
By your letter, it would seem to us that you have some species of beetle that infests stored foods and we would encourage you to carefully inspect the pantry for all stored grain products to see if you can determine the source of the infestation.  Don’t forget large bags of pet food including bird seed.  We do not recognize this particular species which appears to be a Weevil or Snout Beetle, but they are not the typical Grain or Rice Weevilswe encounter.  There are many small beetles that infest stored foods.  We will try to contact Eric Eaton to see if he can provide any additional information.

Pantry Weevils:  Caulophilus oryzae

On Jan 8, 2013, at 11:06 AM, Eric Eaton wrote:
Hi, Daniel:
Well, I don’t recognize them, either, so I’ll copy this to Charlie O’Brien, and see if he does.  Hopefully he is in good health….
Eric

Thanks much Eric,
Do you agree that they are weevils?
Daniel

Yes, definitely weevils.  Great images should make ID by an authority fairly easy.
Eric

Daniel:
Here is the answer.  I thought I recognized it to subfamily, but that didn’t make any sense since most species bore in conifer bark.
Eric

Charlie O’Brien provides an identification
Hi Eric:
Happy to hear from you at any time.. The weevil is Caulophilus oryzae (Gyllenhal) formerly placed in Rhyncolus and it is a stored grain pest in the Cossoninae. It is almost Cosmopolitan..
… Sincerely,
Charlie

Thanks a lot for identifying!
I sent you 5€ via paypal for your great service 🙂
kind regards,
Hannes

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Subject: help!! I’m concernrd this may be a bedbug!!!
Location: princeton bc
December 5, 2012 10:17 pm
I was at my friends house playing with their 5 month old baby when I noticed this bug crawling up his arm. I flicked it on to the carpet and immediately took a picture and squished it . My dad is suspecting a bedbug but could it be a carpet Beetle???? Please help!!
Signature: Jennifer

Carpet Beetle

Hi Jennifer,
If that rug is wool, it might be the reason your friend has Carpet Beetles, a common household pest.

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