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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/roach? beetle? please help identify



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

Hi, Debbie:

No worries, it is a harmless beetle.  Thanks to your nice images I can tell you it is a male "toe-winged beetle," Ptilodactyla sp.  Here is more:

These beetles often fly to lights at night, so that is probably how it wound up indoors.


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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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