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Subject: Flax seed looking thing in bed
Location: Seattle, Wa
November 24, 2013 5:57 pm
I have found a few things that look like a flax seed on my bed the last week. I also found one beetle looking brown bug on my bed it had very short legs. Can you help me?
Signature: SMG

Plant Seed, we presume

Plant Seed, we presume

Dear SMG,
As your email indicates, this appears to be the seed of some plant, Flax or other.  It does not appear to us to be the egg of an insect.  The only insect egg we can think of that it even resembles is the egg of a Katydid, but we cannot fathom how a single Katydid Egg would find its way to your bed, so we are still leaning toward this being a plant seed.

Subject: What is this bug!?
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
November 12, 2013 1:18 am
This bug was found by a friend of a friend on their friend’s kitchen table. I’m not sure if it’s even a bug. It definitely looks like something not of this world. I’ve named creature. My wife is convinced that a lizard and a walking stick or daddy long legs have successfully mated. Either way can you help us find out what we live next to?
Signature: Scared S.O.B. Nathan C.

Probably Seed Pod

Probably Seed Pod

Subject: Weird bug
Location: Las cruces nm
November 12, 2013 10:41 am
What bug is this is it dangerous?
Signature: Cs

Subject: What is this?
Location: Las Cruces, NM-on top of a kitchen table
November 12, 2013 4:41 pm
I found this picture of a bug on a friend’s facebook. A lot of people have looked at it but we can’t figure out what it is. We are concerned if it’s poisonous or dangerous.
Thank you,
Signature: idash89

Dear Nathan, Cs and idash89,
Your Facebook Family contains a few What
‘s That Bug? readers, and we will try to solve this problem.  This is not a bug.  We believe it is a seed pod of some type.  Perhaps a botanist in our readership will be able to provide additional details.

Hi Daniel,
The person who found this said it was “walking”. Any ideas?
Thanks idash

Hi idash,
We do not believe this is a bug.

Yet more identification requests
Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: Las Cruces, NM
November 12, 2013 10:47 am
This bug was found by a woman in our area and everyone is arguing what it may be. We are completely stumped. It appears to have spikes coming off of it, and a stinger on its end. The envelope is for a size comparison. Thank you 🙂
Signature: Tanya

Subject: ID this bug please
Location: Southwest New Mexico
November 12, 2013 9:04 am
What is this insect or spider?
Signature: Dustin

I’m trying to identify a bug I keep finding in my house
February 6, 2010
Hi there,
I appreciate your help!!
For the past 1-2 years, I keep finding this one particular bug in my house, I am the only one who seems to notice it, but I keep finding it on my bed, on the floor and the latest -stuck to my pijama pants by its little” horns”. Please see pic.
I’ve found it during all seasons of the year and whenever I find it it is always dead. If it wasn’t for those little horns, I wouldn’t even think it was a bug. I’ve never seen it living.
When I first started finding this bug, I thought that it was perhaps something my ‘semi-indoor-outdoor’ cat dragged in. But being that it is the dead of February in Toronto, Canada …there really aren’t that bugs outside. So I don’t know.
I think that is all the information I can give you for now. Thank you so much for reading this and for your consideration to help me out. Take care.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Unknown Seeds

Hi Carla,
WE couldn’t help but to chuckle when we saw your letter.  These aren’t bugs at all, nor are they even animal in origin.  They are the seeds of a plant.  The “horns” are projections on the seed that lodge in animal fur or human clothing and this helps to transport the seed to a new location where if conditions are favorable, a new plant will germinate.  Though we recognize this seed, we are not certain from which plant it is produced.  We might be able to identify them properly should we take the time, but then we run the risk of adding a new category to our site, and frankly, we haven’t the time to expand into “What’s That Seed?

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for getting back to me!  I have to say, that I too had quite the laugh when I read your email  — Wow, I had a seed keeping my up at night.  As long as plants don’t start growing in the middle of my living room, then I think I will be fine with it.  Again, thank you for taking the time to answer my email. I’ve made a small donation to your website… just in case I am plagued by a seed again.
Carla Campli