Subject: Is this a louse?
Location: Lensedly, Czech Republic
August 1, 2014 12:43 am
Dear Bugman,
in our bedroom we have found multiple pieces of something that we thought was a louse, but have doubts as the shape of the body (the abdomen) is much thinner. Additionally, my wife says it bit her while crawling on her arm, even though it was not particularly painful and left no trace of the bite on the skin.
Any idea?
Thanks so much,
Signature: Dan Stastny

Lacewing Larva

Lacewing Larva

Dear Dan,
This is NOT a Louse.  This is the Larva of a Lacewing, and important predatory family that preys upon Aphids and other plant pests.  We have gotten reports of bites from Lacewing Larvae in the past, and the reaction tends to vary from person to person, but there has not been any report of a severe allergic reaction to the bite based on our information.

Location: Lensedly, Czech Republic

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