Entomology (Study of Bugs)/please identify


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I live in NY and found this bug in my kitchen and laundry room.  this is the third one I found this week.  it is small, brown, has long antennas, moves very quick and also when captured in a container would fly to the top.  please help me identify this pest.  thanks so much

Dear Debbie - I cannot see enough detail to be certain, but I suspect that is a beetle in the family Ptilodactylidae (toe-winged beetles) - see http://tinyurl.com/pcsyzo4 for an example. Beetles in this family are not pests, and control is not necessary. As they are attracted to lights at night, it is not at all surprising that some would accidentally get indoors.

Hope this helps,

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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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