Subject: Doodlebugs in Western WA?
Geographic location of the bug: Puyallup/Tacoma
Time: 11:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We recently bought a new home and have found these numerous tiny divots all over the bark in the yard. I did some digging and found the culprit to be, what looks like, doodlebugs. Yet, I read that they seem to live in warmer, sandier climates. Should I be surprised to have found these little guys here? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed: Shannon BH
This is indeed a larval Antlion or Doodlebug. Though they are frequently found in sandy soil, that is a generalization. According to BugGuide data, Antlions are found in all 48 continental United States.