Subject: Bug bites my toddler
Location: Mooringsport, louisiana
April 6, 2016 4:09 am
This bug bit my one and half year old last night at 1 in the mornin then we found it dead on the counter this morning. Can you tell me what it is?
Signature: Nervous mom
Dear Nervous mom,
This is a predatory Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae, and it resembles images of Podabrus brunnicollis posted to BugGuide. Soldier Beetles are beneficial and they are not dangerous. Your request brings up several questions in our mind. How do you know this individual bit your toddler? What caused it to appear mysteriously dead on the counter?
My toddler had red bites on him after this bug was on him and was screaming. No other bug was on or neR him. We have no idea why he died or how, i assume he found some of the poison our bug guy sprays monthly.