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Subject: Bug in guest bedroom
Location: Texas
April 2, 2017 6:52 pm
Its been a week since we had company in the guest bedroom. I was cleaning up the bedding and found this bug under the quilt. It was alive and I didn’t see any others. No one has been in this room since our company left. Please tell me what it could be?
Signature: Creeped Out

Lacewing Larva

Dear Creeped Out,
You have nothing to fear.  This is a Lacewing Larva, commonly called an Aphid Wolf.  It is an outdoor insect that will help rid your garden of Aphids and other unwanted pests.  We suspect it is not happy it found itself in your guest bed.  Though we have received numerous reports from people who have been bitten by Aphid Wolves (and this includes our own editorial staff) the effects of the bite are quite localized, and limited to itching that might last as long as a week.

Aphid Wolf

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Subject: California bug
Location: California
March 30, 2017 1:12 pm
What is it?
Signature: Ken

Aphid Wolf

Dear Ken,
This is a predatory Lacewing Larva, commonly called an Aphid Wolf.  Though they are not dangerous to humans, we have received many reports from people who have been bitten, and the effects of the itchy bite can last as long as a week.

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Subject: Black and White bug on Fig Leaf
Location: Phoenix, Az
March 20, 2017 7:01 pm
Hey there while watering my fig tree I noticed this odd looking black and white bug.
It appeared to be fighting with/ holding a gnat of some kind. In any case the gnat was trying to get away.
Was hoping to identify the bug , any help is appreciated!
Signature: Cait

Aphid Wolf attacks Aphid

Dear Cait,
This is a predatory Lacewing Larva, commonly called an Aphid Wolf, and it has captured an Aphid, not a Gnat.  Aphids are considered significant agricultural pests, and Lacewing Larvae are an effective organic method of controlling the problem without introducing insecticides.

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Subject: Who’s that Poke-Bug?
Location: Dallas, TX
January 12, 2017 4:35 pm
I found this tiny insect in my office the other day. I know it’s an insect becasue it only has 3 pairs of legs. It walked pretty fast for those tiny legs and it seemed to have either thick antennae or pincer-like mouth. also it’s movement was similar to that of scorpions (without a stinger) and it was even able to lift its tail a little.
Signature: Edwin M.

Aphid Wolf

Dear Edwin,
This Aphid Wolf or Aphid Lion is the larva of a Lacewing.  Both Aphid Wolves and adult Lacewings are gregarious predators that consume small plant feeding insects, like Aphids, in prodigious quantities.

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Subject: what is this insect
Location: Tyler, TX
January 7, 2017 8:01 pm
I live in Tyler, TX and the temp was about 30 degrees when I took my dog outside. When we came back in, this bug was on my jacket. It is Jan. and I haven’t been seeing many critters, although our temps here jump from winter to spring day by day. By Wed. it will be in the low 70’s again. Tyler is known for its Dogwood trees, Azaleas, roses, etc. etc. This is a portion of TX that gets plenty of rain so, there is much vegetation in the area.
The little fellow looked like a small shrimp with translucent wings to me. It appears to have two sets, but I would need to get my jewelry magnifying lamp out and I don’t really have a good place to set it up as I am in the middle of remodeling. It is the color of a shrimp and the head is tiny with a long body. It is approximately a half inch long.
Appreciate any info you might have.
Signature: Mitzi in Tyler

Lacewing

Dear Mitzi,
This is a Nerve-Winged Insect in the order Neuroptera, and we feel very confident it is a Green Lacewing in the family Chrysopidae even though your individual is not green.  Here is a BugGuide image of a similarly colored “Green” Lacewing.  The garden habitat you described with azaleas and roses sounds like the perfect place to find predatory Lacewings whose larvae, which are called Aphid Wolves, as well as adults both consume large quantities of small insects, including Aphids.

Lacewing

Thank you, Daniel.  I appreciate the quick response, especially since you have such a small crew.  I checked the link and it pulled up the exact color and image of what I found.  Thanks also for the added info about this little guy.
Hope you have a wonderful week and aren’t experiencing any weather issues as much of the country is.  Here in Tyler, it is sunny and warming up.  That’s why we say, if you ran your heater this morning but turned on the AC this afternoon, you must live in Texas, LOL!
Thanks again,
Mitzi

Thanks for your kind wishes Mitzi.  In Los Angeles, we had a heavy rain last night, one of a series of storms coming in on what the weather bureau is calling the “atmospheric river” and we are expecting alternating days of rain and sunshine for the remainder of the week, a welcome forecast for drought-plagued southern California.

My prayers have been and will continue to be ongoing for the areas affected by drought.  We have gotten too much rain here and in other southern areas for the past couple of years at different times and wished we could send some your way especially when flooding has occurred.  May each area receive what it needs this year.
Wishing you a wonderful year and, once again, thank you for your response.

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Subject: What’s that bug
Location: Pasadena tx
December 7, 2016 7:03 pm
My son found this bug on his shirt. I just want to know what it is and if can hurt us.
Signature: William Roland

Possibly Lacewing Larva

Possibly Lacewing Larva

Dear William,
This is a predatory larval Neuropteran, probably a Lacewing larva, commonly called an Aphid Wolf.  Lacewing larvae are beneficial in the garden, but we have received several reports of folks who have been bitten, including our own editorial staff.  We know firsthand that the bite is not painful, but the itchy welt does last about a week.

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