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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Northwest Arkansas
August 8, 2014 7:34 pm
Found this crawling on my phone next to a blanket that was brought in from outside. It’s August 8th 2014 and I’m in Springdale AR.
Signature: Terry

Aphid Wolf

Aphid Wolf

Hi Terry,
This is a predatory Lacewing Larva, commonly called an Aphid Wolf.  They are important natural predators of Aphids and other garden pests, and though we have received reports of people being bitten by Lacewing Larvae, the bite is little more than an itchy annoyance.

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Subject: Daniel – Help, please?
Location: Hawthorne, CA
August 8, 2014 8:21 pm
Hi,
I was out in the back today and spotted this bug on what my seed packet says is Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba). Can you please help with identification when you have a chance?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Aphid Wolf is Lacewing Larva

Aphid Wolf is Lacewing Larva

Hi Anna,
This is a highly beneficial Lacewing Larva or Aphid Wolf.  True to their common name, Aphid Wolves will consume large quantities of Aphids, though very young Monarch Caterpillars might also fall victims.
  Many folks have been writing in maligning this beneficial predator by stating they have been bitten by a Lacewing Larva.  Daniel was bitten by a Lacewing Larva once, but other than slight itchiness, there was no ill effect.

Thanks very much!  I’ve taken pictures of Lacewing Larva before, but with the point & shoot camera and the shots weren’t as good as this happens to be.  I didn’t recognize it.
Anna

Nice investment, that new camera.

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Subject: Is this a louse?
Location: Lensedly, Czech Republic
August 1, 2014 12:43 am
Dear Bugman,
in our bedroom we have found multiple pieces of something that we thought was a louse, but have doubts as the shape of the body (the abdomen) is much thinner. Additionally, my wife says it bit her while crawling on her arm, even though it was not particularly painful and left no trace of the bite on the skin.
Any idea?
Thanks so much,
Signature: Dan Stastny

Lacewing Larva

Lacewing Larva

Dear Dan,
This is NOT a Louse.  This is the Larva of a Lacewing, and important predatory family that preys upon Aphids and other plant pests.  We have gotten reports of bites from Lacewing Larvae in the past, and the reaction tends to vary from person to person, but there has not been any report of a severe allergic reaction to the bite based on our information.

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Subject: Mysterious green dragon-fly looking bug
Location: Portland, oregon
July 29, 2014 12:48 pm
Dear Bugman,
We found this bug while sweeping our porch today. Both the six-year-old bug expert I was babysitting and myself could not identify this insect. Your help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much for your time!
Signature: Electronically

Green Lacewing

Green Lacewing

Dear Electronically,
Green Lacewings like the one in your image are important predators that feed upon many agricultural pests, including Aphids.  Both adults and larval Lacewings feed on Aphids.  Green Lacewings are sometimes called Goldeneyes.

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Subject: beetle or weevil??
Location: england
July 27, 2014 9:02 am
Found this in north east england yesterday, in woodland near a river, never seen one before.
Do you know what it is??
Signature: mark

Aphid Wolf

Aphid Wolf

Dear Mark,
Weevils are a family of Beetles, and this is neither a Beetle nor a Weevil.  It is a larval Lacewing, sometimes called an Aphid Wolf.

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Subject: What is this thing?
Location: Little Rock, AR
July 25, 2014
Daniel,
I hope you don’t mind my emailing you with another bug question.  I found this one on the same plant as the scentless plant bug, and, once again, we’re all stumped.  Given that this one made us feel a strong urge to stuff cotton into our ears before we sleep, I’m even more curious than last time.
Thank you for any info you can offer. :)
Sincerely,
L.J. Rhodes

Lacewing Larva

Lacewing Larva

Dear L.J. Rhodes,
This efficient predator is the larva of a Lacewing, and they are one of the most effective, beneficial predators for both home gardeners and the agricultural industry.  Both larvae and adult Lacewings consume large quantities of insects including Aphids.  Lacewing Larvae are sometimes called Aphid Wolves.  In the future, please continue to use our standard submission form for new requests.  We had to cobble location information together from your previous submission, and using the standard form ensures that all the location is contained in one email.

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