From the monthly archives: "December 2018"

Subject:  Doesn’t look like a carpet bug, but that’s where they were found!
Geographic location of the bug:  Manchester, UK
Date: 12/18/2018
Your letter to the bugman:  Can anyone I identify this little fella, found many of them in the carpet but they don’t appear to look like any imaged of carpet bugs I found on:  Anthony

Giant Conifer Aphid

Dear Anthony,
While we suspect the answer is “yes” we would like to confirm that you had a live Christmas tree in the house.  This is a Giant Conifer Aphid, and folks with live trees are often quite surprised to learn their tree was infested with Aphids that begin leaving the tree when it begins to dry out.  These Giant Conifer Aphids are a nuisance inside the home, but they will not damage your home or its furnishings, unless you have other live coniferous houseplants.

Subject:  found on couch
Geographic location of the bug:  Connecticut
Date: 12/19/2018
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this on our couch. It appears to have wings but has not flown.
How you want your letter signed:  nicely?

Varied Carpet Beetle

This is a Carpet Beetle, probably a Varied Carpet Beetle, Anthrenus verbasci, and it is a common Household Pest.  Though adults feed on pollen and will not do any damage in the home, the larvae of Carpet Beetles will feed on a wide variety of organic materials in the home, including shed pet hair.  While they are mostly just a nuisance, they will also feed on woolen fibers found in carpets and upholstery.

I’m from west central Alabama and we have been seeing these bugs around our house often could you please see if you could identify. I sent a message in on the 23 rd but have y heard back yet . I thought I’d try again.
Thanks. Karen Luepnitz

Ring-Legged Earwig

Dear Karen,
We are sorry about the delay.  We are currently out of the Los Angeles office visiting family and friends, and we are poaching internet access from former neighbors in Ohio, so the time we are spending responding to identification requests is minimal.  This is a Ring-Legged Earwig,
Euborellia annulipes , which you may verify by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, their habitat is:  “under debris, rocks, and bark in dry and damp places. Its ability to live indoors and habit of hiding in dark places means it can show up just about anywhere people go” and “Not uncommon in homes and gardens, though often displaced by other species, esp. the European Earwig. Whatever damage it does to crops like lettuce and strawberries is usually more than made up for by destroying small slugs, caterpillars, termites, and many other pests.”

Subject:  Why???
Date: 12/28/2018
Time: 08:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Why in the hell do you have a site called What’s That Bug when you don’t want to answer people asking exactly that? Pointless, flippant and plain rude. There’s nothing humorous about people suffering. I see you aren’t shy asking for donations. How about you educate yourself and actually answer people asking,  “What’s that bug?” Before asking for money.
Your Name:  Mason
Your Email:

Dear Mason,
It has been nearly two years since we have felt compelled to post a Nasty Reader Award, so you will probably be thrilled to learn that you are lucky #13.  We had a challenging December, with some technical difficulties occurring that prevented us from doing any posting for more than an entire week, and we can honestly say that we don’t believe we have gone that long without posting in many years.  Most days we try to make at least a few new posts, and we averaged more than three per day for 2018, though that average is considerably lower than our average of more than six new posts per day in 2010.  That said, we do answer letters, but our tiny staff is not able to answer every request we receive.  We offer a free service on the internet, which is not that common, and we make no apologies for accepting donations from grateful readers.  As of now, we have 26,519 unique postings on our site, most of which represent our tiny editorial staff answering the question “What’s That Bug?”  To you we say “Bug Off.”

Subject:  wHATS IS THIS BUG?
Geographic location of the bug:  FRANKLIN NC
Date: 12/27/2018
Time: 01:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I FOUND THIS UNDERNEATH A PIECE OF WOOD
How you want your letter signed:  HOFF

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Pupa

Dear HOFF,
This is the pupa of a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.  Based on the look of the proboscis casing (what looks like a handle on the pupa) we are confident that this is the pupa of a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth when compared to this image on BugGuide.  The adult Pink Spotted Hawkmoth should emerge this spring provided it survives the winter.  To help ensure its survival, you should gently replace the wood.

Subject:  The pumpkin seed looking bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Brownsville TX
Date: 12/23/2018
Time: 10:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have seen these things several times and at first thought it was a pumpkin seed, but as it began to crawl I figured it sooooo was NOT one!!  I could really use your help, never seen one befor,. They just began appearing inside house, not all move though.  I have tried looking them up, but have not found anything that might help. I also have a video of it moving.  Thanks…
How you want your letter signed:  Odette

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Odette,
Because others have also compared its appearance to a pumpkin seed, we suspected correctly from your subject line that you were inquiring about a Case Bearing Moth Larva, a common household intruder found globally.  In the home, they often feed on debris like shed pet hair, but they are also known to feed on pet foods and other organic materials.