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Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles, California
Date: 05/03/2019
Time: 12:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My son saw this tiny bug on his shoulder and freaked out. We would like to know what it is. It’s about 3mm long. Thank you in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  June

Human Louse

Dear June,
You have cause for concern.  This is a Human Louse.

Subject:  type of insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Lebanon
Date: 01/31/2019
Time: 08:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hi, I was literally surprised by itching for a period of time(1 month) so I started taking pills of allergy and nothing happened . one day, i was itching my leg, and i found a small insect like a spider it looks like it attached on the hair and skin. In that day i found 2 3 of them on my skin and i become more allergy but  there’s no patch of red skin or something bubble.
How you want your letter signed:  .

Crab Louse

Dear .,
This sure looks like a Crab Louse,
Phthiris pubis, to us, an ectoparasite often found living in human pubic hair.  Since you found this Crab Louse on yourself and not on a significant other, we can be totally frank and provide this information found on the Penn State Department of Entomology site:  “Crab lice usually are transmitted from person to person by sexual contact, however, they can be found on toilet seats and in beds, and from there, spread to people.”  You may or may not find amusing this Wired article questioning if the modern obsession with depilation of luxuriant growths of pubic hair due to changing standards of aesthetics might affect populations of Crab Lice in the future.  

Crab Louse

Subject:  ID help please
Geographic location of the bug:  Melbourne, Australia
Date: 01/30/2019
Time: 07:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
We’ve had a heatwave here in Australia lately and a big increase in the suburban biting/sucking bug population. I found the one in the first image on my 2 year old daughter’s arm at breakfast, and subsequently found head lice on her scalp. It seems large (3mm) and very dark for a head louse, and I’m hoping to distinguish it from body lice (generalised itching in the household may well be psychosomatic of course!) I don’t think it’s a bed bug but would appreciate any input.
The second image is of a tiny (2mm x 2mm), round, shiny beetle I think, found on outdoor sofa. Could this be a type of ladybug as it seems very round?
The third was found on cot mattress while changing linen during lice treatment, it’s the most worrying given its location and I’ve no idea what it is. Measures 3mm long by 1mm wide.
My apologies for the image quality, all collected in tape before I found your site.
Many thanks in anticipation of some peace of mind,
How you want your letter signed:  Amanda


Dear Amanda,
The critter in your first image is definitely a Louse.  Though it is a North American site, BugGuide differentiates Head Lice from Body Lice by designating different subspecies of the Human Louse,
Pediculus humanusPenn State has a nice fact sheet on Lice.  We cannot make out enough details in image three and we will address 2 in a different response.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario, Canada
Date: 10/28/2018
Time: 02:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what type of bug this is, I am tore on distinguishing it between a tick or Pthirus pubis. Found on my significant other. We found about 30 in total. All located on inner thighs, stomach, bum and public area, also two on his arms.
How you want your letter signed:  Trina

Crab Louse

Dear Trina,
This sure looks like a human Crab Louse,
Pthirus pubis, to us, especially when compared to this BugGuide image.  Finding 30 on your significant other indicates this is a problem that has gone unchecked for some time, and the number would indicate that these Crab Lice are reproducing on the host.  Also, you might want to check other members of the household to see if these external parasites have spread beyond the body of your significant other.

Thank you, I have checked myself and the remaining family members and we did not find any on us. I have cleaned my house top to bottom and washed all bedding and clothes throughout the house.

Subject:  Help!!! What is this bug???
Geographic location of the bug:  Johnson city, tn
Date: 04/25/2018
Time: 05:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Help!!!!   My daughter was infested with lice about a month ago.  She is clear.  In the meantime I’ve treated my head 2 times because I’ve pulled these bugs out of my hair and to be cautious.  This makes it the 3rd one I’ve seen.  Head is itchy in the back and sides.
How you want your letter signed:  Really desperate


Dear Really desperate,
Either your treatment was not effective or you have been reinfested.  This is a Louse.

Subject:  What’s this!
Geographic location of the bug:  Pillow
Date: 04/04/2018
Time: 10:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My son found a bug on his pillow last night. We killed it. Another was found in middle of night on pillow. We killed it. Another was found on SAME pillow this morning.  Is this lice?
How you want your letter signed:  Bug-shy


Dear Bug-shy,
Your suspicions are correct.  Your son has Lice.