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Can you please identify this bug?  After 4 nights of bites, severe, I finally located it underneath bed pillow or perhaps I shook it out of the inside...not sure since I found it when starting to take the linens and house apart in the early morning of about 8 weeks ago...bites just now clearing up.  Thought bed bugs but no sign of those, thought dust mites since lots of dust under bed amongst picture frames and cardboard covered items and clutter and boxes around head end / side of bed.  About 2-3 weeks after this I found a few of what I thought could be bed bugs but no signs of blood in bed. Since so few perhaps it may be dust mites since barely able to see.  Never had a problem like this.  Is it just a coincidence that this 1" long bug was found and bites dicipated and that it was not what bit vs. an outbreak of dust mites which never happened before?  Thanks, Rich  


Thank you for including the image with your question.

The creature is a larva of something called a "snakefly," an organism somewhat related to lacewings.  Here is more:

Note also the additional resources and references at the bottom of the page in the above link.  Suffice to say that snakeflies and their larvae are predators of other insects, and of absolutely no consequence to human health.

I cannot comment on what may or may not have bitten you.  Many "bug bites" are actually symptoms of some other medical condition.  You may want to ask a physician here on AllExperts or contact your own.

Happy holidays!


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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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