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Subject: like a silverfish but bigger?
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
June 4, 2016 8:38 pm
Hi,
We found these bugs along the seawall of Stanley Park, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. They came in both brownish and grayish colours, and tended to scuttle off over the wall toward the beach / water when we got near. The only one we got a photo of was actually two bugs, with one on top of the other — they crossed the path in front of us and then went over the wall. They were 2-3 inches long. Online searches make us think they might be a kind of silverfish, but they were much larger than any I’ve ever seen domestically!
Signature: K&M

Sea Slater

Sea Slater

Dear K&M,
This is a marine Isopod in the family Ligiidae, commonly called a Sea Slater.  According to the Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia, it is
Ligia occidentalis, also called “Beach Cockroach; California Sea Slater; Rock Louse; Southern Sea Slater; Western Sea Roach.”

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aSubject: Hopping Bug
Location: Bluffton, SC
May 21, 2016 4:28 am
What are these hopping bugs that have come out at night under my porch light? The next morning a lot of them have died. These are in Bluffton SC .
Signature: R McLain,

Lawn Shrimp

Lawn Shrimp

Dear R McLain,
This looks and acts like a Lawn Shrimp or House Hopper,
Arcitalitrus sylvaticus, a species described on BugGuide as being from “Southeastern Australia (New South Wales and Victoria), as well as nearby areas of the Pacific, but introduced into New Zealand, the British Isles, Florida and California” and preferring habitat that is “Moist soil and organic matter within 13 mm of the surface, often among ivy or other ground covers, mostly eucalyptus. Their exoskelton has no waxy coating to keep moisture in, so they can’t survive dryness. They drown in water, though, so they need continuously moist, but not waterlogged conditions.”  Based on this BugGuide posting, they are spreading from Florida to nearby Georgia and your posting indicates they have now spread north to South Carolina.

Thank you Daniel.  I thought they resembled shrimp!

Lawn Shrimp and true Shrimp are classified together as Crustaceans in the same subphylum.

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Subject: Weird bug near water
Location: Vancouver, BC
May 3, 2016 7:10 pm
This bug was found near a salt water inlet from the ocean, on the seawall. It was near by some restaurants. The weather was overcast, but warm.
Location: Vancouver, BC
Signature: Z

Sea Slater

Sea Slater

Dear Z,
Based on this Wikipedia image, we are pretty confident this is a Sea Slater,
Ligia oceanica, but we would not rule out the possibility that it is a closely related species in the same genus.  Ligia pallasii is another species in the genus that is pictured on BugGuide as well as on ASnailsOdyssey where it states:  “Studies on field diets of sea slaters Ligia pallasii on rocky, wave-swept shores on the outer coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia indicate a preference for diatoms, filamentous green (Cladophora photograph of a large male isopod Ligia pallasiisp. and Ulva sp.) and red (Bangia sp.) algae, membranous (Porphyra spp.) red algae, and various kelps.”  According to BugGuide, that species is commonly called a Common Rock Louse and its habitat is “Caves and crevices on rocky sea cliffs” from “Northwestern US; Central California to Alaska.”

Oh my goodness, thank you so much!
Best, Zoë

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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Slidell Louisana 70461
April 18, 2016 11:05 pm
Moved into a house. 30+ years old. Sprayed insecticide around perimeter and noticed this insect/bug. I tried to observe one alive but couldn’t. The only one’s i find are dead.
Signature: Signed by the BUGMAN!!!

Lawn Shrimp

Lawn Shrimp

These terrestrial Amphipods are known as Lawn Shrimp or House Hoppers.

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Subject: ID bug
Location: Sydney, Australia
January 22, 2016 2:36 pm
Hello,
I have found many alive and dead bugs in a bedroom. Sometimes they’re curled up in an almost ball.
Please help to identify them.
With thankd
Signature: N/A

Woodlouse

Woodlouse

This terrestrial Isopod is commonly called a Woodlouse, and those that roll into balls are frequently called Pill Bugs or Rollie-Pollies.

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Subject: What are they?
Location: Chula Vista, California
September 19, 2015 4:06 pm
We found these dead insects next to our outdoor garbage cans after a recent heavy rain We live just south of San Diego. We’ve never seen them before in our yard. Do we have an infestation?
Signature: Susan J.

Lawn Shrimp

Lawn Shrimp

Dear Susan,
Lawn Shrimp or House Hoppers, terrestrial Amphipods, generally go unnoticed in irrigated Southern California landscapes until heavy rains drive them from the garden and they die near homes.

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