Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Unwanted house guest

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Dear Jack, I live in southern UK. I am finding dead creatures on my carpet. They are on laying there side. Orange shiny shell like body about 3-5mm in size, flat bodied and shaped the same as a curled up lobster.Sorry I have no image at this time, but will send one if u cannot identify

Awaiting in anticipation

Simon

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Simon,

Post a picture if possible so I can confirm the id. The color (orange, shiny) sounds more like a crustacean from the sea rather than an insect. Do you live near the ocean, has there been a storm lately that might have picked up and deposited these critters on land? The other possibility would be sowbugs which also curl up like lobsters.

Post a follow up and we'll figure this out.

Jack DeAngelis

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Jack DeAngelis

Expertise

I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

Experience

20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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