Subject: What is this bug and should i be worried???
Location: Valley Center, California
April 29, 2013 10:32 pm
My name is Nathan and these weird bugs have recently entered my house. I live in Valley Center, California ( a couple miles north of San Diego). These bugs have red heads, dark brown (maybe black) bodies, and wings. My little brother is scared of them and i just want to make sure he (and the rest of my family) are in no danger. Thank you for the help!!!
Signature: Nathan Reeve
Thanks for sending in this photo. We have been neglecting taking a photo of the Brown Leatherwings that are attracted to our own porch light each spring. The Brown Leatherwing, Pacificanthia consors, is a west coast species that is considered beneficial. Here is what Charles Hogue wrote of the Brown Leatherwing in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin in our second edition from 1993: “Adults frequently come to porch lights in the late spring (April to May). They give off a strong unpleasant musty odor when handled or crushed and may also exude a yellow fluid. Little else is known of the habits of the adults, and the early stages remain undescribed. Both are probably ground dwellers that live in plant litter and prey on other insects.” They pose no danger to you or your family. Brown Leatherwings appear each spring and remain for approximately six weeks.