What bug is this?
Hi Bugman,
I’m hoping maybe you can help me to identify this bug. This is the 2nd one I’ve found in my home and I was a little worried as my 1 year old ended up getting a very high fever today. Then I noticed this critter running across the floor. (And it was fast) It then occured to me that maybe he was bit by it earlier. I’m not certain, maybe just paranoid. But I have never seen anything like this before. To me, it almost looks like a crossbreed of some sort…part spider (but only has 6 legs), part scorpion, or some kind of beetle. I’m not a bug type person so forgive my ignorance. I’ve checked all over your site and haven’t found one like it. It was just under 2 inches long, and curled up some when I chased it down with some Raid. I live in Valley Center, CA. North San Diego County, where we have a lot of local pests including earwigs, scorpions, tarantulas, lizards & rattlesnakes. Please let me know if we have another we need to watch out for. Thank you.
Denise Harvey

Hi Denise,
We get so many letters requesting that the Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket be identified, that we always keep one on the homepage. It is harmless and not in any way responsible for your child’s fever.

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Your Website
I just stumbled onto your site in attempting to show a visitor exactly how the giant ichneumon accomplishes oviposition. I perused several hot buttons and hey!—–you really have a great site. It will be extremely useful for our neverending stream of visiting students from local schools. Just curious. Where are you located?
Sam Pair
Research Leader
Lane, OK

Hi Sam,
Thanks for the compliment. We have some awesome Ichneumon oviposition images sent in by web browsers. We are in Los Angeles.

Hi, I was cleaning out my room, sort of spring clean when I found out these were all over the place, below the bed on the carpet. Most of them were underneath boxes and underneath chests of draws. A closer inspection could see that some were wriggling, worm like creature with small brown heads, that were popping out of the pods as shown. Im kind of feeling quite sick now, never had them before, what are they? where do they come from? how do I humanely get rid of them? About 6 months ago I had purchsed a new mattress could that be the cause? I did look on your website but cannot find anything that resembles what I found. I have enclosed a photo.
Thank You

Hi Dave,
You have two different insects. In the center is a Dermestid or Carpet Beetle Larva. The cocoon are some type of moth. We checked with Eric Eaton and here is his identification: “Looks like casemaking clothes moths, Tinea pellionella, or webbing clothes moths, Tineola bisselliella. family Tineidae. I am no expert, but that is what I suspect. Really curious what is under the bed, though:-) Eric”

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can you identify the beetle in attached photo
I found two of these beetles on the farm where I live in eastern Iowa. Its body is about an inch long and its antenna are slightly longer. The body is tan with white (maybe light tan) spots as illustrated. The farm has a windbreak with white pines, spruce, mulberry, silver leaf maple, hackberry, and red oak. Also blackberries and raspberries.
Eugene Clark

Hi Eugene,
This is an Ivory Marked Beetle, Eburia quadrigeminata and the larvae bore in the wood of many hardwood trees including ash and hickory. Adults sometimes emerge years after milling. Adults are attracted to rotting fruit.

Correction: (10/13/2005) Saperda cretata or Eburia quadrigeminata ??
Dear Bugman, I have spent several hours cruising your website and find it all very fascinating ! I did find one misidentification, or perhaps I am wrong. Attached is a photo of a Cerambycid beetle that is common here in Georgia (I am an avid collector of beetles). I have come to know this beetle as being the “Ivory Marked Beetle” or Eburia quadrigeminata. I have seen this beetle posted twice on this website and it was identified as the Spotted Apple Borer (Saperda cretata). You say these beetles are active during the day. I know from my experience that they are found at night actively crawling on sick/dying hardwood trees. I have never seen nor collected one during the day. Is it S. cretata or is it E. quadrigeminata ???

Thanks George. One of our reliable sources steered us awry on this one. The correction is much appreciated.

New Mexico beetle
Hey Bugman,
My friend took a picture of this beetle in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico last spring. It’s a cute little fella. Any ideas on the species?
Craig Fiehler

Hi Craig,
We needed to go to Eric Eaton for help and he quickly responded: “Yeah, its that Big Fungus Beetle….Cypherotylus californicus. Actually, I think the genus name has changed (using an old, handy guide). Pretty cool. Family is Erotylidae. Eric “

I believe this to be a Wolf Spider from comparing it to a picture from your web site. I thought this was particularly interesting being that you referenced the Wolf spider carries her eggs for only a few days.
Ralph Plummer
Edgewood Md

Hi Ralph,
Nice photo of a female Rabid Wolf Spider caring for her spiderlings. According to Audubon: “Female spins a silken cocoon around egg mass, attaches cocoon to spinnerets, and drags it about. It darkens from shiny white to dirty brown. Spiderlings ride on female’s back until ready to disperse.”