From the monthly archives: "November 2012"
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Subject: hope this is the thing biting me.
Location: Canton, Ohio, USA
November 19, 2012 1:13 am
Hey Bugman. I’m kinda scared to be in my own home. I thought bedbugs were just a story til recently. Long story short, my fiance said he seen a tick-like bug that was reddish-white in color. I being paranoid immediately thought bed bugs. I also have had a couple bites and then recently a small dime size rash looking spot on my chest with small blister-like bumps in it. I freaked out and started searching my bed and couches and came up with nothing, then I pulled off my fitted sheet and found this. It was in the crevice of my bed and was very round like a caterpillar, but picking it with tweezers flattened it. It was also solid colored but the color went out when squeezed. From what I’ve researched I’m thinking it may be a carpet beetle larva, and not a bed bug but I am still freaked out. If this isn’t a bed bug, is it possible that this is what’s causing me to break out? Even though my fiance has no marks or bites or anything. I have two kitte ns that were rescued from outside about six months ago, two rose hair tarantulas (in separate tanks) and a small feeder tank for feeder crickets. I live in apartments and we have raccoons outside and stray cats but I live on the third floor and the outside animals have never been close to my door. I clean regularly and dust and vacuum at least once a week. Any thing will help to hopefully calm my nerves. Thank you!
Signature: LaDesta

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear LaDesta,
This is a Carpet Beetle Larva and they do not bite.  We are not experts in allergic reactions, so we cannot say for certain if any skin reaction you are having is in any way related to Carpet Beetles.  If you are being bitten, you need to look elsewhere for the source of the bites.  Good luck.

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Subject: Very small beetle in So. Cal.
Location: Running Springs, California (San Bernardino Mountains)
November 18, 2012 1:29 am
It is a very small beetle. I think it may bite. Found while lying in my bed reading (not under the covers).
Signature: Steve in So. Cal

Variegated Carpet Beetle

Hi Steve,
This is a Variegated Carpet Beetle,
Anthrenus verbasci, and while they do not bite, they are considered Household Pests.  We have been getting numerous photos of their larvae in recent weeks.

Variegated Carpet Beetle

Thank you!  That confirms my additional Internet research.  Love your site!
Steven Blood


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Subject: Face of Jesus on a bug?
Location: Jerome, AZ
November 18, 2012 11:37 pm
My neighbors think this is a hualapi tiger (assassin bug) but it appears to have more of a pointy nose than a cone nose …
My house has captured lots of these on all of its windowsills so I hope they do not bite 😉
And there is the cool face of Jesus on its back … Perhaps I can charge admission.
Signature: knitz

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear knitz,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, a species native to the Pacific Northwest that began to expand its range greatly beginning in the 1960s.  It is unclear how much of that range expansion is natural and how much has been aided by the increase in travel among humans.  We have never had anyone anthropomorphize the markings on the Western Conifer Seed Bug, but we will concede that there is the resemblance of a face on this particular individual.  Since we will be out of the office for Thanksgiving, we are postdating your submission to go live later in the week during our absence.

THANKS for the quick reply … All of the ones at my house have the *face*
Again, thanks for the great site 😉
Knit 1 Bead 2
Jerome, Arizona

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Subject: Please help to identify this beetle
Location: Farm Malmesbury Western Cape South Africa
November 20, 2012 9:57 am
Hi There!
My name is Marzanne, I live in Western Cape South Africa on a farm. This morning before work i stepped outside and saw this beetle. I first thought that it was a deathwatch beetle as it played dead when i touched it but then it made a screeching sound too.
Google is not giving me alot of awnsers can you please help? Thank you.
Kind Regards

Dung Beetle we believe

Hi Marzanne,
This is some species of Scarab Beetle, and we believe it is most likely a Dung Beetle.  We will be leaving the office for several days for the Thanksgiving Holiday and we are preparing your submission to post live to our site later in the week.  It somewhat resembles the image on Zimbabwe Absurdity which states:  “There are no less than 17 species of dung beetles listed in my Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. Just goes to show how useful s**t can be! ”  Dung Beetles often work singly or in pairs to roll a ball of fresh animal dung that is used to lay an egg.

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Subject: Unknown Scorpion
Location: South Africa – Pretoria
November 20, 2012 2:02 am
Hi All,
I found this outside my shower and not sure what scorpion this is and how venomous is it ?
Any info would be greatly appreciated
Signature: Newbie


Dear Newbie,
It is our understanding that Scorpions with small pinchers and large tails are more venomous than those with large pinchers and small tails.  When it comes to Scorpions, we do not debate the toxicity of their venom.  We give all Scorpions respect because we understand that they are all capable of stinging.

Stinger of a South African Scorpion

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Subject: california trapdoor spider trapped
Location: Arroyo seco, Los Angeles, CA
November 19, 2012 12:08 am
this little guy wandered into my house, is there anyone I should take this to? I Will probably release it tomorrow into the wild. I am in the Hermon/Highland park are of Los Angeles.
Signature: esteban

California Trapdoor Spider

Hi Esteban,
Greetings from nearby Mount Washington.  Male California Trapdoor Spiders,
 Bothriocyrtum californicum, begin to wander about after the first rains of the season because they are searching for mates, so his appearance is right on time.  The best place to release him is an open south facing slope.  We would recommend taking it to Ascot Hills Park near El Sereno which is a lovely open space park.  Habitat destruction is responsible for diminishing numbers of California Trapdoor Spiders in the Los Angeles area.  For your good deed, we are tagging your post with the Bug Humanitarian Award, and your post will go live later in the week as we are preparing to be away from the office for several days for Thanksgiving.

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