Subject: Strange looking dead bug!
March 15, 2014 10:56 am
Hi there found this weird bug dead on sofa..there were 2 of them! Founding n Ireland! Is this some sort of carpet beetle perhaps?
This looks like a terrestrial Amphipod, Arcitalitrus sylvaticus, commonly called a Lawn Shrimp or House Hopper. These Australian natives have become established in southern California as well as several other parts of the world. According to BugGuide, their range is: “Southeastern Australia (New South Wales and Victoria), as well as nearby areas of the Pacific, but introduced into New Zealand, the British Isles, Florida and California.” They are known to enter homes when their garden habitat is flooded due to rains.