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Subject: Cute little thing
Location: Hudson, Florida
April 14, 2014 7:24 pm
Hello! We found this cute little guy just today and it really took a liking to us. We were wondering if you might know what it is?
Signature: Madde and Michaela

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Hi again Madde and Michaela,
While we are confident that this is a Webspinner in the order Embiidina, we have not been able to locate an individual with matching antennae and wings on BugGuide.  This unidentified species from Florida on BugGuide has similar antennae, but no wings.  Sometimes only males are winged.

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Subject: Earwig? Termite? Both? Neither?
Location: San Diego, CA
April 5, 2014 11:54 am
Greetings:
I came across this strange creature (at least to me) in my home last night. It looks like a cross between an earwig and a termite. I’ve not seen something like this before. It’s about a half-inch long. Any idea what it could be?
Thank you!
Signature: RSK

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Dear RSK,
The correct answer is neither.  This is a Webspinner in the order
Embiidina, and you can get additional information on BugGuide where it states their habitat is “silk galleries are spun under stones and bark, in debris, cracks in soil or bark, among grass roots, lichens, mosses, and epiphytic plants” and that they eat “dead plant material plus lichens and mosses found around their galleries”.

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Subject: Small, cute, and a lifelong mystery to me
Location: Yucca Valley, California
August 19, 2013 1:05 am
I have been seeing these as long as I can remember first in San Diego and now in the high Mojave desert town of Yucca Valley. I have tried to identify them in the past to no avail probably due to my general cluelessness as to where in the insect world they might fit. Anyway this one decided to take a stroll on my arm tonight and my husband took a picture in hopes I would finally be enlightened. Thank you!
Signature: Claire Mojave

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Dear Claire Mojave,
This is a primitive insect in the order Embiidina known as a Webspinner.  According to BugGuide, they can be identified as being:  “slender, usually brownish insects that may have wings (males) or be wingless (some males and all females); body of male flattened; body of female and immature more cylindrical; tarsi 3-segmented; basal segment of front tarsus greatly enlarged for producing silk from hollow hairs issuing on the basal and middle segments; cerci 2-segmented (but left cercus of some males 1-segmented).”

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Subject: ID strange bug?
Location: Phoenix
September 19, 2012 12:48 am
I come across these bugs (just one at a time) in various parts of my home. I have seen them on the patio too. They’re usually walking but can fly. I probably see about 5 a week and usually in the evening. They seem harmless but I have no idea what they are, or if they cause damage – I was worried they’re termites, but they don’t look like any in the photos I’ve researched. Any idea? Thank you!
Signature: Jennifer

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Hi Jennifer,
This creature is a Webspinner in the order Embiidina.  According to BugGuide, they are benign insects that live in “silk galleries [that] are spun under stones and bark, in debris, cracks in soil or bark, among grass roots, lichens, mosses, and epiphytic plants winged males of some species are attracted to artificial light” and they are “more numerous during the rainy season.”

I actually found the answer on your site right after I sent this by searching for “pincers”. Definitely looks like a webspinner. Thanks!

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Ear Wig?
Location: Maricopa, AZ my living room
August 23, 2011 12:33 am
HI bug man, or bug gal =) me and my wife have noticed quite a few of these little pests running around and we really aren’t to sure if they are ear wigs or something else. I look forward to hearing back from you!
Signature: ?

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Dear ?,
This is a Webspinner in the order Embiidina, and we are not certain why you are calling these benign creatures pests.  According to BugGuide:  “”silk galleries are spun under stones and bark, in debris, cracks in soil or bark, among grass roots, lichens, mosses, and epiphytic plants” and they feed on “dead plant material plus lichens and mosses found around their galleries.”  They also exhibit some maternal care of the offspring.

Tank you daniel, for that explanation, I referred to them as a post because I didn’t know what they were and we find a few every night. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge

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Cute Little Guys
Location: Tucson, AZ
August 6, 2011 10:27 pm
Hello,
I’ve been seeing these bugs flying around/in my house for several months–probably since mid April. I think they’re cute. They’re about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long and brownish black. I couldn’t see its pincers with the naked eye, but they’re visible in the photo. I just can’t figure out what they are! Hopefully you can.
Signature: Thank you, Danielle Brugnone

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Good morning Danielle,
You are being visited by Webspinners from the order Embiidina, which you can verify on BugGuide which indicates that they live in:  “silk galleries are spun under stones and bark, in debris, cracks in soil or bark, among grass roots, lichens, mosses, and epiphytic plants  winged males of some species are attracted to artificial light”. 
BugGuide also remarks that they are:  “rapid runners, often run backwards; live in colonies (in galleries of spun silk) and exhibit limited maternal care for eggs and young.”   They are benign insects that feed upon:  “dead plant material plus lichens and mosses found around their galleries” according to BugGuide.

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