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Subject: Pesky bugs everywhere!!!
Location: Southern California U.S.A
April 7, 2016 6:18 am
I live in Southern California and recently since I had new roommates there’s been a LOT of these bugs each time I go into my room. They don’t do much they’re just always placed on the walls. I believe they may be moths but could be something much worse. They’re quite small about half an inch but I would really appreciate some identification as I’m concerned of any health issues or what may have brought them.
Signature: Annoyed Adrian

Pantry Moth

Pantry Moth

Dear Annoyed Adrian,
This is an Indian Meal Moth, a type of Pantry Moth.  The larvae of Pantry Moths feed on stored grain products, including flour and corn meal.  You might have all your room mates check for a forgotten bag of chocolate chip cookies under the bed, or perhaps a slice of pizza fell under the couch cushion.  You can also investigate the pantry for that three year old carton of oat meal, and don’t forget the spice drawer.

Thank you so much! I’ve been embarrassed recently to have any friends over and see the moths on the walls in my room. I’ll look around to remove any food that may be attracting them and tell my roommates as well. Thank you so much again for identifying and providing info about them.

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Subject: catfood insects
Location: North central Florida
March 27, 2016 5:52 am
Hi, lately I’ve noticed some kind of insect or something around the catfood bowl. They arrange around a solitary piece of catfood in a flower petal fashion. At first I thought some type of silverfish, but these don’t have any noticeable antennae or feet. I thought they must move extremely slowly, but recently I noticed some move. They appear to gather around a piece of wayward dry catfood for days. When I first saw them, they were completely around a piece of catfood and it looked like (from a distance) a plastic flower or something, so I picked one of them up. They almost cotton-like to the touch. Any ideas?
Signature: //Dan

Case Bearing Moth Larvae eating cat food.

Case Bearing Moth Larvae eating cat food.

Dear Dan,
We are amazed that the organized manner in which these Case Bearing Moth larvae are eating cat food.

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Subject: Please identify the bug
Location: Bedroom
November 16, 2015 6:03 pm
Please help identify the bug in the attached picture. Few bugs like this are found in my bedroom.
Signature: Raj

Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

Dear Raj,
The location field of our submission form should be used for a global location to help facilitate identification as many “bugs” have a limited range, but since this Indian Meal Moth is a cosmopolitan pest of stored grain products, it doesn’t matter where your bedroom is located.  You should check the pantry to find the site of the infestation.

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Subject: Identify this bug
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
August 17, 2015 1:12 pm
These bugs are in my pantry, what are they? How do i get rid of them?
Signature: Nicky Levy

Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

Dear Nicky,
This is an Indian Meal Moth, a common household pest that will infest a variety of stored grain products as well as spices and nuts.  Check the pantry and try to find the source of the infestation, which might be an old container of oatmeal or cornmeal.  If there is nothing in the pantry, check the bargain bag of pet food or bird seed.  The moths do not eat the grain products as adults.  Rather it is the larval form that does the damage.

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Subject: Help me identify this thing
Location: Los Angeles
March 27, 2015 3:28 pm
This lil creatures keep flying around my room I don’t know what they are is it possible you can identify it and let me know what I’m dealing with I’m attaching a pic
Signature: Help me

Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

This is an Indian Meal Moth, a common, cosmopolitan household pest that has larvae that infest stored grain products.  Check the pantry for an old box of corn meal or oatmeal, or check for that bargain bag of pet food or bird seed.

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Subject: Weird worm creature
Location: Singapore
January 17, 2015 9:47 am
Hi there… I hope you can help identify this creature in my bathroom… It’s only seen in my bathroom. It freaks me out. Please help identify this.
About 1.5cm long. Has a leaf shaped soft shell it can crawl out from both ends.
Signature: Sandra from Singapore

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Sandra,
The Case Bearing Moth Larva or Household Casebearer,
Phereoeca fallax, is a common household pest that is found in many parts of the world.  You individual has a very distinctly marked case.  According to BugGuide:  “The larval case is silk-lined inside and open at both ends. The case is constructed by the earliest larval stage (1st instar) before it hatches, and is enlarged by each successive instar. In constructing the case, the larva secretes silk to build an arch attached at both ends to the substrate. Very small particles of sand, soil, iron rust, insect droppings, arthropod remains, hairs and other fibers are added on the outside. The inside of the arch is lined exclusively by silk, and is gradually extended to form a tunnel, while the larva stays inside. The tunnel is closed beneath by the larva to form a tube free from the substrate, and open at both ends. After the first case is completed, the larva starts moving around, pulling its case behind. With each molt, the larva enlarges its case. Later cases are flattened and widest in the middle, allowing the larva to turn around inside.”  The bold black and white spiral pattern on your individual’s case is likely due to fibers that were incorporated in the making of the case.

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