Cute Little Guys
Location: Tucson, AZ
August 6, 2011 10:27 pm
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
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.