Subject: What is this bug
Location: California coast. Santa Cruz
October 30, 2013 12:20 am
Hi. I recently discovered this little guy inside my home. I have very young children need to know if these are problematic.
This is a Snakefly Larva and it is harmless. 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). Adults typically prefer aphids but may eat a wide variety of arthropods.”