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Subject: Bug in Bed
Location: Southern Minnesota, USA
January 9, 2014 8:32 pm
Late last night, I found a bug in my bed. It made me nervous ask had never seen it before. It was found isolated and no others were found. It was a mahogany brown the size of a small seed. It had 6 small legs with two large “pinches” in the front. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Anne

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear Anne,
Due to internet hysteria about Bed Bug infestations being on the rise, we understand that finding any bug in the bed might be cause for concern, however, this Pseudoscorpion will not cause you any problems.  These tiny predators will not bite people, but they will help to control other undesirable insects and other arthropods in the home, including young Cockroaches and quite possibly Bed Bugs as well.  Pseudoscorpions do not have venom, so they are perfectly harmless to humans.

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Subject: Green & Black Beetle
Location: near Golfito Costa Rica
July 26, 2013 5:11 am
Hello Bugman,
This green and black beetle would show up off and on during our recent visit to Costa Rica. I found it quite striking. In a few picture it has a crab-like bug attached to it. Do you know more about these two.
Thanks!
Signature: Ocho Verde Wildlife

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

This colorful beetle is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  The wings are used to make jewelry by many indigenous groups in South America and modern jewely designers have continued that tradition.  We are sorry, we haven’t the time right now to research the species.  The hitchhiker is a Pseudoscorpion.  Pseudoscorpions often hitch rides on winged insects, and quite possibly on birds as well.  This advantageous means of transportation is known as Phoresy.

Phoresy: Jewel Beetle transports Pseudoscorpion

Phoresy: Jewel Beetle transports Pseudoscorpion

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Subject: Eeeeek!
Location: San Diego, CA
July 5, 2013 11:38 am
So, saw this lone guy hanging out in plain view in my bathroom sink. Knew it was no ordinary house bug. It is the size of a flea but definitely not a flea – I took the picture under a microscope. It appears to be some sort of ectoparasite, but I can’t find any examples on the web of one with horns and long pincers. Help please?? Thank you!!
Signature: Kay

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Hi Kay,
Fear not.  This is a harmless, beneficial, predatory Pseudoscorpion.

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Subject: Small Scorpion? In Ohio? On my work bench? Creepy!
Location: 41.256194,-83.006687
July 5, 2013 5:23 pm
Hey! I spied this little guy when working outdoors on my portable workbench. About a quarter of an inch long. Looks to me like a whiptail scorpion but no whip?
Signature: Tony Schacher

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Hi Tony,
Like Scorpions and Whipscorpions it resembles, this Pseudoscorpion is an Arachnid, but unlike Scorpions, it does not have any venom.  Pseudoscorpions are found in many parts of the world.  They are perfectly harmless predators and they do not get much larger than the individual you encountered.

Upon seeing my photo upload on facebook my Daughter identified it as a chernetid, or “pseudoscorpion”

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Subject: Small bug in Canada
Location: Canada
December 31, 2012 2:45 pm
Hello,
I just spotted this bug crawling on my shirt (ugh). My shirt was just taken out of my closet. I’m located in Ontario, Canada where the temperatures are quite cold right now. Never seen a bug like this before, so am hoping you can help identify it. Sorry for the low-quality pictures…we took the bug off and it crawled onto bubble wrap.
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!
Signature: An

Pseudoscorpion

Dear An,
We just finished posting another Pseudoscorpion submission and you can read about this harmless and beneficial predator in that posting.

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Subject: Tiny with large pinchers/antannae
Location: Rhinelander, WI
December 30, 2012 10:24 pm
I found this on the wall in a cabin in northern Wisconsin. I was struck by the large pincer/antannae-like things in front. It was about 1-2mm minus the long things. Does anyone have any idea what it is? I don’t know much about bugs, but no one in my family had ever seen anything quite like it before. Thanks!
Signature: KO

Pseudoscorpion

Dear KO,
This is a harmless Pseudoscorpion
  Pseudoscorpions are not considered Household Pests.  They are generally outdoor creatures, but since they are so small, they are rarely noticed outside.  Only when they enter homes do they become more visible.  They can survive indoors where they feed on a variety of unwanted Household Pests like cockroaches and other undesirable intruders, so they can be considered beneficial.  Unlike their namesakes, Pseudoscorpions do not possess venom and they pose no threat to humans, pets or household furnishings.

Thanks for taking the time to reply! Happy New Year!

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