bug identification
As summer approaches I keep coming across these tiny guests in my apartment. Just one at a time, every now and then and I don’t seem to find any when I turn my furniture upside down. What species is it? How do I fight them?
Cheers, M

Hi M.,
Sorry to inform you that you have immature cockroaches. You must have breeders somewhere. You might want to get professional help before you have a real infestation.

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What could this be?
The attached photos are of some type of insect or arachnid that was on one of the antenna of a white spotted pine sawyer. We thought it was a scorpion but when we got a close up of it, it seemed to look more like a tick or mite of some sort. Maybe you can help identify what it is. My co-workers and myself are interested to know what it is,as we work for a pest control company.
Thanks in advance for your help,

Hi tiffany,
You have photographed a harmless Pseudoscorpion. they are known to prey on insects much larger than them, but I think the Pine Sawyer might have proven to be too much for the wee guy. Thanks for the photos.

We thought origionally that it was a scorpion of some sort but the missing stinger and tail threw us off thank you for helping us identify our mystery bug. I will deffinatly be visiting your site again as sometimes we get pests that we are unable to identify on our own.

Ed. Note: Eric Eaton just provided the following fascinating information. “P.S. Oh, that pseudoscorpion was not ‘attacking’ that longhorn beetle’s antenna, it was hitching a ride:-) That is the way they get around (just glom onto something that can fly). It is called ‘phoresy.’ “

All of a sudden I seem to have all of these tiny little flying things. They appear in the bathroom light and fly across the screen of my tv and computer monitor. Some days they are few and some days they seem to be everywhere. I’ve thrown out all the trash, the fruit, I have no plants. I have a dog and a cat but they do not seem to be hanging around their food or water. They’re making me crazy. I’ve attached photos of the little varmints. They look a little like flies but are much smaller.

Hi Lynn,
You have some type of Gnat. These small relatives of flies sometimes appear in great numbers for short periods of time and then just as suddenly dissappear. Some types have larvae that feed on plant roots, others on decaying organic materials.

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Red/yellow unspider
I have no clue what this bug is. It has 8 legs, but two of them it seems to use as antennae, so I don’t think it’s a spider….do you know what it is?

Hi Korey,
You have a species of immature Assassin Bug. You are very lucky you did not get bitten. Even the nymphs can deliver a painful bite. In addition to its sucking mouthparts, it has six legs like all insects, and two antennae.

Click beetle
I found this beetle in my pool In Peru Indiana and have never seen anything like it in my 30 years here. It looked like a fishing lure. I found your site through google and found it very interesting as it had several similar click beetles. Is this one different?

Hi Bob,
The Eyed Elater, Alaus oculatus, is a very distinctly patterned Click Beetle. Those eyespots distinguish it from any other species. The adults are common in decaying logs and though they can be found nearly year round, they are most common in the spring.

Can you identify this please?

Hi Jayne,
We were stumped and when we are stumped, we turn to Eric Eaton. Here is his conclusion: “Ah, that has to be from the U.K. or mainland Europe. It is a male cockchafer, Melolontha melolontha (by one reference I have). I don’t think they are very common in the U.K. any more.”

Ed. Note: This eye-witness account just arrived.
(11/14/2005) Cockchafer
Just seen your I’D on the cockchafer. You have said they are not very common in the UK. I am a surveyor for a pest control company an we come across them quite often. They take to flight in may. We call them May bugs. We come across them because people think they are cockroaches and they call us out a lot,
Cheshire, UK