Subject: What is this?!
Location: Beaverton, OR, USA
September 10, 2012 11:44 pm
This thing was inching along my computer screen, moving along like a caterpillar or inch worm. When I put something in front of it, it inched backwards. I tried scooping it onto a piece of paper to put outside and it almost spring loaded away, like it jumped. I’ve attached a photo
Signature: The bug man?
This sure looks like the larva of a Snakefly, and this image from BugGuide looks even closer than the individual from our archive. According to BugGuide: “Both larvae and adults are predatory, though they are capable of catching and killing only small and weak prey. Snakefly larvae feed on eggs and larvae of various insects, as well as adults of minute arthropods (e.g. mites, springtails, barklice, and homopterans).”