Subject: Moth pupae?
Location: Centurion, South Africa
December 9, 2014 9:39 pm
Hallo Mr Bugman
A friend of mine found this wormlike bug in her back yard and asked me if I knew what it was. She thought it was a caterpillar of sorts but to me it looks more like a pupae of sorts. Can you help?
Signature: Congo man

Probably Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Probably Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Congo man,
This is a caterpillar, and it appears to be a Hornworm, the larva of a Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.  Though the quality of the image is not high enough to determine the species, we are speculating that it is the larva of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth.

Dear Daniel
While I was scrolling through your pics, my guess was that it could be a double headed Hawkmoth, but being a complete novice I did not want to mention it in my mail.
Thank you so much for your response!
Regards

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Subject: strange location
Location: Toronto, Ontario
December 9, 2014 11:04 am
Hello!
I’m hoping you can help me identify these two critters. I live on the 28th floor of a condo building in Toronto. I seem to find these bugs all year round. The first I often find near my patio door (both dead and alive…this one was alive until I caught it for the photo op). It crunched when I squished it. Its about the size of a sesame seed.
The second one I found in the bottom of a laundry basket full of dirty laundry, though I feel like I’ve seen them elsewhere before. It was more wriggly and is about the size of a grain of rice.
I should also mention I’ve found little beetles in my cupboard, which I assumed were something like a grain beetle (though a couple were munching on some rogue chocolate the other day). I wasn’t as concerned about them since their location made sense.
Signature: Thanks! Meg

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Meg,
The “wriggly” larva is that of a Carpet Beetle, and since you have reported adult beetles as well, we are presuming that they are the same species.  The adult looks like it might be
Attagenus rufipennis based on this image on BugGuide.  Carpet Beetles are cosmopolitan household pests.  The larvae feed on a variety of organic items found in the home, including stored foods and organic fibers, even wool, fur and feathers.  Adults feed on pollen, so finding them near windows makes perfect sense, as does finding them dead.  Since they can’t get outside to feed, they die seeking the light. 

Carpet Beetle may be Attagenus rufipennis

Carpet Beetle may be Attagenus rufipennis

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Subject: Is this a Bed Bug?
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne UK
December 9, 2014 12:46 pm
Hello.
I have noticed some bites on my legs after a night sleep. It repeated a few times, very itchy and in a specific pattern. From what I read the pattern of bites is like a bed bug bites (in 3 and in lines or triangles). So I decided to get a professional because I couldn’t find anything myself. A person came to view the problem but found nothing. Used his pest liquid in the main areas where supposedly bed bugs are. After a night sleep I had no bites but I found that bug under the mattress. It did not move. I took a picture for the pest control professional but he couldn’t identify the bug. It is around 2mm long. Can you please help me?
Signature: Paddy

Small Unknown Beetle

Plaster Beetle

Dear Paddy,
This is most definitely not a Bed Bug.  This looks to us like some species of Beetle, but we are uncertain how to classify it according to family.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist us in this identification.

Small Unknown Beetle

Plaster Beetle

Update:  Plaster Beetle
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash of Insetologia, we now know that this is a Plaster Beetle in the family Latridiidae.  According to the Natural History Museum site:  “It’s a latridiid beetle (Coleoptera: Latridiidae) – aka Plaster beetles. Adults feed on minute fungal spores and are usually found in conditions that are damp. They are a fairly frequent contaminant in shipped goods where the boards on the floor of the shipping container are infested with these beetles. They are not harmful in any way – won’t eat your carpets or floorboards etc. Doesn’t look dissimilar to Eufallia sp.”  More information on Plaster Beetles or Minute Brown Scavenger Beetles is available on BugGuide.

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Subject: Never seen anything like it.

Location: Victoria, Australia
December 9, 2014 3:19 pm
I have no idea what this bug is. I’m pretty sure they’re falling out of my roof through the fan in my bathroom.
It doesn’t necessarily look like a bug but they do move.
It’s about as long as a thumb nail and looks like a dirty bit of roof insulation.
Signature: TC

Case Bearing Moth Larva, we presume

Case Bearing Moth Larva, we presume

Dear TC,
We can’t imagine that this is anything other than a Case Bearing Moth Larva, though it looks different from individuals we are used to seeing, perhaps because it is using distinctly Australian building materials.

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Subject: what kind of bug is this?
Location: reno, nv
December 8, 2014 12:18 pm
I just recently moved in to a new apartment and since the first day I’ve been finding these little bugs. I have no idea what they are. I find them mainly in the living room and by the kitchen and upstairs window. Usually they are dead, or playing dead. I think they can fly by I haven’t seen them do it. But I am really tired of finding them. Is there any way to get rid of them naturally?
Signature: bugged out

Elm Leaf Beetle

Elm Leaf Beetle

Dear bugged out,
This is some species of Leaf Beetle, and we believe the Elm Leaf Beetle,
Xanthogaleruca luteola, which is pictured on BugGuide is a close match and distinct possibility.  According to BugGuide:  “Native to w. Palaearctic(4), adventive and now widespread in N. America (more common in sw US).”

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Idaho
December 8, 2014 1:40 pm
I was wondering what this bug is. It’s got a hard body it’s mostly black with a tan belt within the belt each side has 3 black spots. I think I might have seen it fly but I’m not sure on that one. I have found 3 landing on my bed and one in my sponge in the kitchen. I have a 5 month old and am wondering if I need to worry or if it’s just a nuisance bug. I live in Idaho if that helps any.
Signature: Andi M

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Andi,
This is a Larder Beetle, a common household pest that infests stored foods.  It is not considered dangerous.