Geographic location of the bug: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Time: 11:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this Bug in my towel in the bathroom
It looks scary, and I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old.. should I be concered
Thank you very much
How you want your letter signed: thank you
This looks to us like the larva of an Antlion, commonly called a Doodlebug. It poses no threat to your children, but it is a predator and it is possible a mild pinch might occur because of the prominent mandibles if one of your children tries to catch and hold the Doodlebug. The big mystery for us is “why was it in your home in a towel in the middle of the winter?” Most Doodlebugs dig in sandy soil, waiting at the bottom of a pit for ants and other unwary insects to tumble into their open jaws.