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Subject:  Is this bug harmful?  My family members are afraid of it.
Geographic location of the bug:  Bangladesh
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 03:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This type of bugs I found on my floor for the first time. They moves here and there and all over my home.
A larva outs it’s head frequently and moves.
How you want your letter signed:  Please let me know is it harmful or not including its name and species. Thanks in advance.

Household Casebearer Moth Larva

This is a Household Casebearer Moth Larva in the family Tineidae, a cosmopolitan household intruder that is a nuisance, but it is not dangerous.  According to Featured Creatures:  “Many species in this family are casebearers and a few are indoor pests of hair fibers, woolens, silks, felt and similar materials.”

Thanks a lot for your kind and quick reply.
I’m greatful to you.

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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  North NJ USA
Date: 03/24/2018
Time: 01:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have these moths in our house and cannot identify what type these are
How you want your letter signed:  Mitch K

Mating Meal Moths

Dear Mitch,
These are mating Meal Moths,
Pyralis farinalis, one of several species that will infest stored foods, especially grain products.  You should search the pantry for the site of the infestation.  According to BugGuide:  “mainly in homes, barns, warehouses and other buildings where grain or processed grain products are stored” and “larvae (caterpillars) feed on stored grain and grain products.” 

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Subject:  Bizarre flat bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 03/06/2018
Time: 11:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this little guy in my shower- tiny and flat. It pulled it’s head inside like a turtle when I touched it with a tissue. Any idea what it is??
How you want your letter signed:  Allison in KL

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Allison,
This is a Case Bearing Moth Larva and they are found in homes in many parts of the world.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on old spider webs; may also eat woolen goods of all kinds if the opportunity arises.”

Thanks so much!! Very interesting… I’ll have to keep an eye out for moths…. Not much call for woolen goods in Malaysia though lol
Thanks again! Much appreciated!!
Cheers-
Allison
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Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Midwest
Date: 03/07/2018
Time: 09:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this and how do I keep it out of my house?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks Jill

Indian Meal Moth

Dear Jill,
This is an Indian Meal Moth, a common species that will infest stored grain products in the panty.  Check if there is a forgotten box of oatmeal or corn meal on the shelf.  They will also infest stored dry pet foods and bird seed.

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Subject:  Debris wearing Caterpillar?
Geographic location of the bug:  Marysville,  WA
Date: 11/02/2017
Time: 02:06 AM EDT
My daughter found this on her pillow. Can you please identify and let us know if we should be worried about infestation or hazards.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you, Ronda Henderson

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Ronda,
This is a Case Bearing Moth Larva, and they are frequently found in homes where they feed on pet hair and other organic materials.  They can be a nuisance if they are plentiful.  We have a funny image in our archives of a large group of Case Bearing Moth Larvae feeding on pet food.

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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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