What is this thing?
Location: Southeastern PA
March 15, 2012 11:27 am
I’ve found these bugs in and around my home the past few months. They’re about the size of a grain of rice. I think they have wings, although I’ve never seen them fly. It looks kind of like a cross between a cricket and a silverfish. Or maybe a centipede with only 6 legs. Any help you can give in identifying them would be great. Thanks!
This is a Winter Stonefly, a harmless creature that can only be found in areas that have clean, unpolluted streams. We get numerous requests to identify Winter Stoneflies from Pennsylvania. We suspect there are isolated populations that may have diversified into distinct species in many parts of the Appalachian Mountains.