Entomology (Study of Bugs)/lint bug

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Where is the lint bug (Shrimp Lint ball Bug) come from? I can NOT find out any thing on the internet...It it a native bug of Michigan? My friend found one in her house? How do we find out more of this little fuzz ball?

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Mare:

You could be talking about one of two insects.  Most likely you are describing the "Masked Hunter," Reduvius personatus .  The nymphs cover themselves in lint and dust for camouflage.  More here in my blog post:

http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2013/01/true-bug-tuesday-masked-hunter.html

The other possibility is a debris-carrying larva of a green lacewing, family Chrysopidae.  I have seen some larvae carrying piles of lichen, for example.   More about them here:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/72302

Both insects are native to Michigan.  Both can bite, so handling them is not advised, but they should be considered beneficial predators of pest insects.

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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