I found this bug in a comforter that had been sitting on the carpet a couple days. First, I thought it might be a pantry beetle, but I’m not sure pantry beetles have a pincher at the end. It looks like it would REALLY hurt if this thing bit someone. Can you help me identify it so I will know how to proceed with extermination?

At last, a reader has sent in a photo of an earwig. You don’t need an exterminator. They are sometimes attracted to lights.

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Never seen one like this before
Greetings from East Central Indiana
I found this critter on my screen door that is illuminated by a 60 watt porch light last night at about 11pm. I will admit I am new (3 years, going on 4) to rural Indiana but I have never seen a bug quite like this one. It’s 3 inches long, two antenne, a pair of pinchers on the head that give it a formidable, menacing look. It’s underbody is about an inch and a half long (It wasn’t too keen on rolling over for me), and when provoked will raise it’s head and pinchers for an even more menacing look. The wings are somewhat lacey, and when It’s in docile, head down mode it looks more like a leaf than a bug….
Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated…. Thanks in advance
PS – 3 pictures attached to this mail, jpeg format, taken with Sony digital
Jeff G.

Hi Jeff,
We have an entire page devoted to Dobsonflies. Just click the link in the alphabatized list on the left side of the www.whatsthatbug.com homepage. Your specimen is a female.

Help – they are eating my herbs!
Hello Mr. Bugman;
I have thoroughly enjoyed your website; it is entertaining as well as educational. I’ve discovered it this summer and can’t wait to tell our biology teacher at school about this great site. I’m sure to be looking over the identification for this caterpillar, so would appreciate your help. These beautiful, however destructive, critters are munching away at my basil and dill. This is my first year with a small herb garden; I had no idea that I would have such hungry visitors! Would you please identify them for me. Thank you very much (sorry the picture is a little fuzzy),
Sharon
Oneonta , Alabama
( North Alabama )

Hi Sharon,
Thank you for the compliment. You have Black Swallowtail Caterpillars, Papilio asterius. They are called Carrot Worms by some people. They grow into a pretty black butterfly with yellow spots. The caterpillars have the ability to emit two orange horns and a foul odor when provoked. Send us a sharper photo if you can.

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Well I got a picture this time spotted the bug on a Cheatam Wood tree here in Italy, Tx , will send one file due to size.

(Ed. Note: Here is Richard’s original letter)
My unknown bug was long 3-4″ with a long thin iridescent green body, and with what looked to be a pair of long curved horns, it was on a tree and flew off when approached, it looked like some kind of a devil mantis. Location central Texas

I wish you had a photo.

Hi Richard,
Your bug is still unknown to me. All I can say is WOW, a large metallic green Cerambycidae Beetle. These are long horned wood boring beetles. I have recent contact with a beetle expert named Dan and will try to get you additional information soon. Your photo blew me out of the water.

Ed. Note: This beetle has been unidentified until Eric Eaton wrote in with an ID from a photo sent in on 10 July 2005. We now know this is Plinthocoelium suaveeolens.

Please help me identify this bug.
I live in Salisbury, Maryland and found this bug in my house. I assume it’s a beetle, but am concerned it could be a roach. Just wanted to ease my mind. Thanks for your help.
Deb

Hi Deb,
Many of the Ground Beetles, Carabidae, are black with red legs. I can’t identify your exact species, but I can tell you that they are predaceous, and will kill other unwanted pests around the home and garden.

Attached is a picture of a bug we have found around the foundation of our home and around our concrete patio. We have many in various sizes. This one is about 3/8" long. Most are smaller. Smaller ones seem to be redder in color. We live in the Madison, WI area.
John Plumb

Nice photo of a Boxelder Bug nymph John.