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This is the second time in the past two weeks that we've seen this insect inside our house (Houston, TX).  It looks reddish brown, some type of pointy antenna, seems to have two distinct segments.  Maybe some sort of beetle?

Dear James - because of the small image size and damage to the specimen, I cannot be confident of an identification. My best guess is that it could be one of the grain/granary weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in  the genus Sitophilus. See for an example and if that seems like a match to you, see for some control suggestions. However, if after viewing this material you believe that yours is something different, please try to obtain a clearer close up image and attach that to a follow-up question.
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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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