Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Unidentified Bug



I found this bug in my home and I cannot figure out what it is and if it harmful. I live in Pittsburgh, Pa. The bug is black in color with a beige or tan color hair or fur on it. It is about 1/2 cm long. I found it already dead thinking it could be because I had just used foggers in my apartment because I was getting bit by sometime of bug( thinking fleas but I have no cats or dogs just an African Grey Parrot). I have looked on the internet and cannot find anything on it. I attached photo's of the top of it and underneath. I hope you can help me.
Thank you



Thank you for including the images.

If this is an insect at all, then it is only part of an insect and I cannot make out what it is.  I am more inclined to think it is a seed from a weed.

Aside, you should never fog or use any kind of insecticide without knowing *exactly* what you are trying to get rid of.  Often there is no need for any kind of intervention at all, let alone using pesticides.  More harm could come to your pets from residual chemicals than from the insects or mites.

I hope you have no further problems.


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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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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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