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Kfrankhouser
Nov 6, 2019 2:06 PM CST
Does anyone know what this bug is? I was putting on jeans today and it was inside. It bit or stung my leg. It is a little over a 1/2" long and was found in Northern California. Just curious. We have so many strange insects around here.
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Name: Luis
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luis_pr
Nov 6, 2019 2:22 PM CST
Save it in an empty orange plastic pill jar until someone or you identify it. Call your doctor's office asap if you develop any symptoms in the area where it bit you.

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Sallymander
Nov 6, 2019 5:01 PM CST
Kfrankhouser said:Does anyone know what this bug is? I was putting on jeans today and it was inside. It bit or stung my leg. It is a little over a 1/2" long and was found in Northern California. Just curious. We have so many strange insects around here.
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If it had bitten me, I'd be calling it a dead bug. Let us know what it is when you find out.
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oneeyeluke
Nov 6, 2019 5:05 PM CST
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Kfrankhouser
Nov 6, 2019 5:12 PM CST
Sallymander said:

If it had bitten me, I'd be calling it a dead bug. Let us know what it is when you find out.
Best wishes!


Took a quick picture then into the trash it went!
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Kfrankhouser
Nov 6, 2019 5:13 PM CST
oneeyeluke said:Centipedes


Do you think it might be a young centipede? It only has legs in front
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Gina1960
Nov 6, 2019 5:43 PM CST
It almost looks like an Ant Queen of some species
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plantladylin
Nov 6, 2019 6:07 PM CST
My first thought was also an Ant of some sort.
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Gina1960
Nov 6, 2019 7:37 PM CST
We've been finding dead Queen carpenter ants here and there in the house. They are HUGE
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terrafirma
Nov 6, 2019 7:49 PM CST
How bad was the bite/sting?
Leave a mark? Swelling?
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Kfrankhouser
Nov 6, 2019 8:47 PM CST
terrafirma said:How bad was the bite/sting?
Leave a mark? Swelling?


Didn't leave a mark or swelling. Can't see anything now. Mostly wondering what it was because I found it inside and I hadn't seen one like it before.
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Kfrankhouser
Nov 6, 2019 8:53 PM CST
Gina1960 said:We've been finding dead Queen carpenter ants here and there in the house. They are HUGE


I looked up the carpenter ants- the bug in my house was flat- not rounded like ants are.
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gardenfish
Nov 7, 2019 12:19 PM CST
I can't really tell from your picture, but it might be an earwig?I have these in my house sometimes, too, although I was never bitten. Did it have a set of pinchers as jaws?
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gardenfish
Nov 7, 2019 12:22 PM CST
Sorry, just looked up earwig. On earwigs, the pinchers are on the back end. Still, the shape is similar.
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gardenfish
Nov 7, 2019 12:32 PM CST
Could be a maritime earwig. It is found in California. The pinchers are located on the rear end. Not poisonous. This is NOT an ant or centipede.
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sallyg
Nov 8, 2019 7:27 AM CST
It most reminds me of a larval stage of a less common critter.. stoneflies for example though I don't see how that would be in your house.
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Just saying, structurally.. could have jaws.. clearly has true insect form w/ six legs

Anyway, some accidental tourist insect that might have got on your clothes or things elsewhere and not bothered you till this time
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)

KateRussell
Nov 9, 2019 8:56 AM CST
Your bite is from a rove beetle, Staphylinidae. Most rove beetles look like earwigs without the pincers, but not all.

Rove beetles are a family of garden predators. Also known as trash beetles, these beneficial insects are often found in leaf litter, mulch, under loose bark, and around fallen trees. They may also be found in bird nests and rodent burrows where they presumably feed on fly and flea larvae.

Adult rove beetles eat an astounding number of insect pests, as well as root maggot eggs and larvae.

Many rove beetle species produce secretions. Some of those secretions are toxic and can cause skin irritations, though serious problems are rare. As always, if you feel an allergic reaction coming on, seek medical assistance right away.
Cameron Park CA
Kfrankhouser
Nov 13, 2019 5:06 AM CST
Kfrankhouser said:Does anyone know what this bug is? I was putting on jeans today and it was inside. It bit or stung my leg. It is a little over a 1/2" long and was found in Northern California. Just curious. We have so many strange insects around here.
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An update- found out this is a snakefly larvae- found this one tonight
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sallyg
Nov 13, 2019 6:13 AM CST
Looks spot on. Thumbs up
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gardenfish
Nov 13, 2019 8:20 AM CST
A seriously weird bug!
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