Entomology (Study of Bugs)/mystery insect



I found this strange bug in my cats water dish. It is about a hal an inch long, no legs, has a pair of antenna, tan head and thorax, 3 dark stripes on thorax, and a blue green abdomen.


Thank you for including the images with your question.  Unfortunately, because the specimen is incomplete, I cannot render an identification.

In my opinion, this is a winged insect from which the wings have been removed, along with the legs.

There are several possibilities but I cannot narrow it down without a complete specimen.  Suffice it to say that I do not recognize this as anything that poses a threat to the health of you, your family, or your pets; or your property for that matter.

Many insects find their way indoors seeking shelter from the winter cold, and I suspect that is the case here.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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