Lawn Shrimp in Ireland

Subject: Strange looking dead bug!
Location: Ireland
March 15, 2014 10:56 am
Hi there found this weird bug dead on sofa..there were 2 of them!  Founding n Ireland! Is this some sort of carpet beetle perhaps?
Signature: Ali

Lawn Shrimp
Lawn Shrimp

Hi Ali,
This looks like a terrestrial Amphipod,
Arcitalitrus sylvaticus, commonly called a Lawn Shrimp or House Hopper.  These Australian natives have become established in southern California as well as several other parts of the world.  According to BugGuide, their range is:  “Southeastern Australia (New South Wales and Victoria), as well as nearby areas of the Pacific, but introduced into New Zealand, the British Isles, Florida and California.”  They are known to enter homes when their garden habitat is flooded due to rains.

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2 thoughts on “Lawn Shrimp in Ireland”

  1. I’ve just found a load of these! I’m on the Isle of Arran, west coast of Scotland, and yes, we’ve had a lot of very wet weather. Not got the best eyesight nowadays, and my carpet is the same colour, which is maybe why I’ve not noticed them before, but I found 6! Have now vacuumed very thoroughly and will pay more attention in future!

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  2. Please do not use the British Isles or refer to Ireland as being part of the British isles. This is disrespectful and no longer acceptable. If you must refer to both countries, you can use Ireland and the Uk, but remember Ireland is independent please and be thoughtful and respectful.

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