Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery Bug

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Mystery Bug
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Mystery Bug 2
Mystery Bug 2  
Hello,

I've found two of these guys so far.  One in a sink in my bathroom, one near a sink in my kitchen.  I don't know if they came off me, or anything.  The first one I didn't get a picture or a good look at.  The second one appeared to be dead, but once left alone, started squirming and trying to get off its back (it looks to have six legs, and two long antennae.

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Terry:

Unfortunately, the images you included are not detailed enough to give me much help.

It could be mites of some kind, or possibly spider beetles:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/55819

http://bugguide.net/node/view/88819

I can't offer any other suggestions.  Spider beetles do tend to play dead, though.

Eric

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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