Subject:  Weird biting insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast Nebraska
Date: 11/21/2017
Time: 12:17 PM EDT
What the heck is this? It was in my house and latched onto my boyfriend’sneck when he tried to brush it away. It was not a painful bite but it did latch on.
How you want your letter signed:  Karen Heusinkvelt

Checkered Beetle

Dear Karen,
This is a Checkered Beetle, and they are not dangerous to humans.  Based on this BugGuide image, we suspect it is either
Enoclerus vetus or a related species in the same genus.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae and adults are predacious; adults may feed on pollen, some species are attracted to carrion and ‘stored animal products.'”

Thank you! I posted the picture on Facebook and nobody around here had ever seen one. Thanks again!

Location: Nebraska

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