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Subject: Little black pods?
Location: Mid Atlantic, Maryland, USA
July 10, 2014 7:28 am
I’m finding these pods around my house lately. I’ve squished them because I wanted to check and see if they were mouse droppings. They’re not. They are insect egg pods but I have no idea what I’m dealing with here. They look like grains of wild rice. Can you help me figure this out? Want to make sure we don’t have some kind of an infestation!
Signature: Nervous about pods

Fly Puparium

Fly Puparium

Dear Nervous about pods,
This is the Puparium of a Fly and if you are finding them in your home, we are guessing that somewhere in the home maggots were feeding on something.  When they are ready to pupate, the Maggots travel some distance from the food source and there they molt and transform into a Puparium.  Once back in the 1980s, our editorial staff discovered that Flesh Flies had discovered a bag with some rotting potatoes under the kitchen sink, and our first awareness was the Fly Puparia that appeared along the baseboard in the kitchen.  If you don’t find undiscarded garbage somewhere in the home, we would speculate on the possibility of a dead mouse or other creature between the walls.  Forensics for Fiction has a nice image of Fly Puparia.

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Subject: What the hell are these
Location: NWA
June 21, 2014 8:53 am
Hey Bugman,
Yesterday morning I came across 5 groups of these slugs (I believe that’s what they are). I live in North West Arkansas. So far I haven’t been able to find anything on web about what these little guys actually are. Most people are telling me that they are tent caterpillars, but I don’t believe that is correct.
Signature: J. Ramey

Fungus Gnat Larvae

Fungus Gnat Larvae

Dear J Ramey,
This is a crawling mass of Fungus Gnat Larvae in the family Sciaridae.  According to the Home, Yard & Garden Newsletter at the University of Illinois:  “Fungus gnat larvae are more likely to be numerous in areas with an overabundance of water from rainfall or irrigation. Over-watering newly laid sod can result in large populations of these larvae eating young roots. Reducing irrigation will cause a reduction in the number of fungus gnat larvae and allow the sod to root.  These larvae are not likely to cause any damage to established turf and can be ignored or washed away with heavy streams of water. As adults, they are known as dark-winged fungus gnats, which are frequently very common in the spring and fall in Illinois, flying as large swarms up to several feet across.”  

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Subject: Weird toilet worm
Location: SOUTH AFRICA
April 6, 2014 6:37 am
Hi, i found this worm in the toilet this morning. it has a long black tail or flagellum or something. 2 eyes, its covering is transparent and you can see all its insides move around when it moves. It reminds me of the micro-organism paramecium.
its still alive, want to keep it that way until i find out what it is..AZ
Signature: LETITIA

Rat-Tailed Maggot

Rattailed Maggot

Dear Letitia,
This is a Rattailed Maggot, the larva of a Drone Fly.  It is harmless, and we suspect it traveled through the sewage pipes to get into your toilet, but we would not rule out it entering through the fresh water taps.  Back in 2006, we reported on Rattailed Maggots entering homes in Capetown through the potable water pipes.

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Subject: mystery bug
Location: arizona
March 2, 2014 8:32 pm
found these on a compost bin after a lot of rain in arizona
Signature: jas

Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Dear Jas,
These are Black Soldier Fly Larvae,
Hermetia illucens, and they are beneficial in the compost bin as they help break down organic matter.  The rains probably caused the larvae which were living comfortably in the bin to evacuate.  You can try the Black Soldier Fly blog for additional information.

Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Black Soldier Fly Larvae

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Subject: rattailed maggot safety
December 21, 2013 6:43 pm
we have found rattailed maggots in our soaking seaweed and also in our fish fertilizer barrel. My questions are these.
Would these not be there unless a fly had accessed the water?
How safe are these maggots to feed to chickens( who love insects)?
Humans safety:Is there any problem with watering our vege garden with this water? with these in it ?
Signature: Margarette

Rattailed Maggots (from our archives)

Rattailed Maggots (from our archives)

Hi Margarette,
Rattailed Maggots are the larvae of Drone Flies and they are generally found in situations associated with decomposition, like foul water or compost piles.  To the best of our knowledge, they do not pose any threat to humans and you should be able to use your fertilizer as well as feed the chickens.  We once wrote an extensive response to someone who found Rattailed Maggots in a Comfrey Tea they were brewing.  You are correct that the female Drone Fly would have been attracted to the decomposition in the water and laid the eggs.

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Subject: whats this bug?
Location: Refrigerator and freezer
October 26, 2013 8:53 pm
Hello,
I just signed the lease of my new apartment (10/25/2013) and started moving in (10/26/2013). I typically do a thorough cleaning from top to bottom of any new place I move into. When I went to the kitchen to clean I opened the refrigerator and saw what looked like fried rice or pieces of brown rice sticking to the top and a few were on the bottom. I opened the freezer and there were a few in there as well. These bugs were not moving so I assumed that it was just that, perhaps old food left behind so I got the cleaning supplies and went to work. Once I finished, I placed a pack of bottled water in the refrigerator, shut the door and continued to clean the rest of the apartment. An hour or two I came back to grab a bottle of water and these ”brown rice” looking bugs were back!! a few were on my pack of bottled water and at the bottom of the frige again. DISGUSTING!! The refrigerator is kinda old and has some rust on the inside in some places. I also noticed th e refrigerator does not get that cold at all Im extremely pissed and will be heading to the rental office first thing Monday morning!!!! What are your thoughts on what this could be?
Signature: as professional as possible

Blurry Bugs in Refrigerator

Blurry Bugs in Refrigerator

Dear asap,
Your photos are quite blurry and we cannot make an exact identification due to the poor quality, however, we suspect you may have Carpet Beetle Larvae.  Our second guess would be Fly Puparia.

Blurry Bugs on Water Bottle

Blurry Bugs on Water Bottle

 

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