Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bug question


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Sorry the picture is not the best. I found this bug on my sheets in my bed. I have only found one. No one has any bug bites. I'm from Michigan. I have dogs and cats who sometimes get on the bed, even though they aren't supposed to. I'm going it's an outside pest that happened to get on my dogs fur and just found a short lived home on my bed. Lease help me identify this bug! Thank you!

Dear Sara - Unfortunately, your image is too blurry for me to offer any identification other than it appears to be a larva, either of a beetle or a small moth. The only one that would be cause for any concern would be if it were a larva of a carpet beetle; you might try googling images of "carpet beetle larvae" to see if you can find anything close. I suggest that if you still have the specimen, that you take it to your county office of Michigan State University's Cooperative Extension Service (see http://tinyurl.com/ksgkzp5 for links to contact information) for assistance in identification as well as any necessary control recommendations. Extension service offices usually are a good resource when dealing with most home/yard/garden pest problems.

Hope this helps,

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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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