From the yearly archives: "2017"
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Subject: Insect eggs?
Location: Saint Louisville, Ohio
January 5, 2017 9:29 am
Cleaned underneath my stove and found a bunch of these little guys. I believe they have already hatched. Can you please tell me what they are? Thank you
Signature: Cherry

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Dear Cherry,
Hard to reach spots including under the stove and refrigerator, are likely places to find Carpet Beetle larvae, common household intruders that will feed on pet hair, food scraps and other organic material that falls to the floor in the kitchen.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: KauAi
December 30, 2016 10:26 am
Found in my home on Kauai. It’s pretty small…a little bigger than a cantaloupe seed.. I’ve seen a few individual ones at different times…. should I be concerned?
Signature: Mahalo, Shannon

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Shannon,
This is the larva of a Case Bearing Moth, a species found in proximity to humans throughout the world.  Though we do consider them to be household pests, they do not do significant damage.  They will eat shed pet hair and other organic detritus found in the home, and we have posted images of them getting into pet food.

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Subject: Eww…
Location: Philadelphia, Pa
January 3, 2017 6:09 pm
So we recently moved into a new house and after clearing up a drainfly issue, we started finding these guys. At first I thought they were worms but then I found them on the walls and by my sink, too far for most to crawl. They are kinda gross and I am having a hard time figuring out what they are.
Thanks in advance!!
Signature: New homeowner

Probably Beetle Larva

Dear New Homeowner,
Though your image lacks critical detail, in our opinion, this appears to be a Termite, which is consistent with your sighting location on walls and near the sink.  Wood found near plumbing in older homes can often become infested with Termites because of the damp conditions and leaks that might cause wood to rot.  You should probably have a professional investigate for potential infestations.  See images on BugGuide here and here to support our identification.

Cesar Crash Comments.
Hi, Cesar Crash here, I’m using other e-mail.
This guy, I’m quite sure it isn’t a termite.
I suppose it’s a beetle larvae, morfologicaly, it resembles this:
Sorry, I didn’t say, I’m blocked from commenting again, I recieve an anti-spam message.

Thanks for the comment Cesar.  We will check into your inability to submit comments.  There was just some work done on the site and that might have resulted in your problems.  We also thought this might be a beetle larva, but discounted the look of the legs as relating to the poor quality of the image.

Karl also believes this is a Beetle Larva
Hello Daniel and New Homeowner:
You are right Daniel, the image is unfortunately short on detail. However, I am not quite convinced that this is a termite. The antennae seem too short and the cerci on the other end don’t look quite right either. I wonder if this isn’t in fact a beetle larva, perhaps something like a soft winged flower beetle (Melyridae). Both adults and larvae are predators of other arthropods and they do occasionally enter homes. Personally, I would rather find predaceous beetle larvae in my home, than termites. Regards.  Karl

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Subject: Spider identification please
Location: SW WI, USA, bluffs near river
January 4, 2017 2:42 pm
This is a picture I took in Mid fall 2016.
It was taken in SW WISCONSIN USA. Vernon County.
It was found on a house (doorjam leading into house) that is built on the bluffs which surround the banks of the MISSIPPI RIVER.
Please help identify.
Signature: Angela Zitzner Karwoski

Fishing Spider

Dear Angela,
Your Spider is a member of the genus
Dolomedes in the Nursery Web Spider family.  Dolomedes species are commonly called Fishing Spiders or Dock Spiders because they are generally found near bodies of water, and though fish do not constitute their primary source of food, Fishing Spiders are capable of walking on the surface of water and then diving below the surface for protection or to capture aquatic prey, including small fish.

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Subject: Green beetle?
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
January 5, 2017 3:17 am
This bug was on my ceiling. It was difficult to pry off (felt like ripping off velcro) and appeared to have green insides, despite being originally brown/gray in color.
Signature: Kristin

Stink Bug

Dear Kristin,
This is NOT a beetle.  It is a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, and we are uncertain of the species.

Thank you Daniel for responding to me so quickly! Do I need to be concerned about this stink bug? As in do they bite or feed on blood or did he just kind of accidentally get into my house and his food source is more outside? If that makes sense..

Hi again Kristin,
While we admit that Stink Bugs might be capable of biting a person, that would not be a normal occurrence.  There are some Predatory Stink Bugs that feed on other insects, most Stink Bugs have mouths adapted to piercing the surface of plants and sucking the fluids they find in the stems, leaves, blossoms and fruits.

Hi Daniel,
Oh wow that’s interesting! Thank you so much again for the information! Take care!

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Subject: Caterpillar ID
Location: Northern Virginia
January 5, 2017 7:50 am
Found these in early fall in Northern Virginia. Can’t find a picture of it anywhere. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Chad

White Flannel Moth Caterpillars

Dear Chad,
You should handle these White Flannel Moth Caterpillars,
Norape ovina, with caution because according to BugGuide:  “Caterpillar has stinging spines.”

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