Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Very creepy insect



Hello Ed. I see that you are an expert at this so I want to ask about insect. I onlu have the photo. Can you tell what the hell is that? It's scary for me having unknown insect wanderin in my house

Dear Jason - This appears to be a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, a cosmopolitan species that often is found indoors. They are general predators on other arthropods, and thus usually considered beneficial. However, they also can deliver a very painful (but not dangerous) bite if mishandled. See ttp://tinyurl.com/brohra for more detailed information.
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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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