Subject: ear wig without pincers
Location: Portland Oregon usa
December 2, 2013 7:32 am
This morning I found a bug crawling very slowly near my child’s night light. It looked like an earwig at first but then I noticed it had no pincers. What is this thing? We live in Portland Oregon and my husband brings in firewood from outside so I wonder if this is where it came from.
In the picture He’s kinda squished (I squished him) wonder if he was walking so slow because he lost pincers?
Signature: Jessica



Hi Jessica,
This is a Termite, and because of the red head, we believe it is a Pacific Coast Dampwood Termite,
Zootermopsis angusticollis, which is pictured on BugGuide.  We believe it is highly likely it arrived with the firewood.

Location: Portland, Oregon

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