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Subject:  BeetleCaterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Joplin Missouri
Date: 11/17/2017
Time: 07:36 PM EDT
Found in a friends kitchen. She was poked by it and now has a swollen finger. Which I believe is common for pokes.
How you want your letter signed:  Heather

Cocklebur

Dear Heather,
This is not an insect.  It is the seed pod of a plant and it is commonly called a Cocklebur.  Cockleburs get embedded in pet hair and clothing, and that is how the plant disperses its seed far from the mature plant.  You can view this image that we located on the University of Minnesota Extension site.  For some inexplicable reason, you may purchase 100 cockleburs on Etsy for a mere $5.00.

But it is alive, it moves, and has huge pinchers like a beetle.

No comment.

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Subject:  Do you know what these guys are
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario canada
Date: 10/04/2017
Time: 10:12 AM EDT
Hoping you can tell me what these guys are
How you want your letter signed:  Val

Plant Seeds we believe

Dear Val,
These are not insects.  We believe they are plant seeds.

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Subject: Please help…
Location: Pillow case and bed in RI
January 6, 2017 10:05 am
Hi, I just went into our guest room..(seldom used) and found these little black beadlike things all over the bed and discovered that they came from deep inside the pillow case!! There is hundreds of them…really hard but you can smash them…kind of white inside, or cream colored? The bed was slept in last night so it was unmade…I discovered these things all in the sheets but definitely the source was the pillow case…OMG! We live in Rhode Island in an old colonial style home, but I had the Pest guy over recently because we thought we heard a squirrel or something int he house but he found no evidence….what is this? Can you please help?
Thank you in advance…
Margaret Scully
Signature: Little black things

Rodent Stash: Pokeweed Seeds

Dear Margaret,
We have several postings in our archive that are similar, and while we have always suspected that this is the result of a rodent, like a mouse, stashing away seeds indoors, we eventually identified the actual seeds as Pokeweed Seeds.  Our suspicion is that a rodent was squirrelling away seeds in anticipation of a harsh winter.

Rodent Stash: Pokeweed Seeds

I have contacted the pest control guy and he is coming Monday…. Thank you so much for the identification, I am indeed consoled… and happy that it wasn’t aliens.
Have a wonderful New Year,
Margaret

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Subject: HELP!!!
Location: Canton, OH
February 24, 2016 11:59 am
I have now found 2 piles of these mysterious seeds in various piles of clothing. I cannot for the life of me figure out exactly what it is and how they appeared. They’re mostly flat, semi-shiny, light to medium brown, and slightly pointed at one end. I’ve google searched to my whits end but absolutely nothing looks like these….flax seed-looking…droppings? I have NO idea but a few days after I found this pile, the entire pile was gone. GONE. As in disappeared. I’m not kidding!! Help!
Signature: Scared and Alone In Home

Rodent's Seed Stash

Rodent’s Seed Stash

Dear Scared and Alone in Home,
Though we cannot tell you what kind of seeds you found, we are very confident that they were put there by a rodent.  Mice will frequently gather seeds and provision them indoors where conditions are comfortable, but where food is scarce.  We have several postings of Poke Seeds found indoors, but your seeds are different.

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Subject: Not sure what this is
Location: Rockford il
January 29, 2016 9:23 pm
This is the second day night I’ve went outside and walked in my yard with my dog. Each night once I come I side I see this leaf like flat bug on my pants. First night it was only like 4 tonight was about 70 of them all up and down my sweat pants. This scares me a lot can’t find anything g online. Like I said both time I did not brush up against anything g or lean on anything. Please help me.
Signature: Kelsey Stephen s

Beggar's Ticks

Beggar’s Ticks

Dear Kelsey,
Though they are commonly called Beggar’s Ticks, these are actually seeds not bugs.  The seeds of plants in the genus Bidens have adapted to stick to animals’ fur or peoples’ clothing to help in dispersion.  See Illinois Wildflowers for more information on the plant.

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Subject: Black egg looks like seed
Location: Yardley, PA
January 14, 2016 12:10 pm
Today I found a pile of these black eggs nestling in the folds of a clean but not recently used bathmat. The cold weather just hit this last week but up until the first week of Jan 2016 it has been an unusually mild winter. The eggs look like seeds but they cannot be seeds as there have been no plants upstairs in this second floor bathroom. The mat has been sitting under the sink on this tiled bathroom floor for 1 to 4 months. We live in an old farmhouse and wear layers as we prefer to heat the house in zones and only during our active hours.
Can you help me identify these eggs so I can address this potential infestation appropriately? We don’t like chemical bug sprays so I’m crossing my fingers that these pasts will be relatively easy to expunge!
Signature: Devon

Poke Weed Seeds comprise Rodent's Stash

Pokeweed Seeds comprise Rodent’s Stash

Dear Devon,
We received several requests some time back with a similar situation and we surmised that the piles were a Rodent’s stash.  Later we identified the seeds as Pokeweed Seeds and we still maintain that a resourceful rodent created a stash of seeds to use as food during the cold winter months.

Daniel you are fabulous! I’m pulling out my stash of unused mouse traps and suspect that the field mice I am catching downstairs have decided to migrate upwards. My intention is to send them heavenward!
Bless you,
Devon

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