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Harry
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Hi all,

 

 

I looked through the picture database on the site and couldn't see an example of the "bug" I took some pics of using a microscope. Can anyone tell me what it is?

 

 

The sample is exactly 3 mm long, it is clear it has suffered some burn damage as a result of the short circuit it created as its final act when crawling into my bed-side lamp! It also seems it may have lost the lower parts of its legs as a result of the electrical discharge.

 

I attach three pictures, with the insect presented on its back, front, and side.

 

 

 

I would love to know what the little guy is if anyone has any ideas (and also if it looks to anyone like something that would like to feed on me?).

 

 

Thanks,

Harry

 

August 10, 2010 at 10:20 AM Flag Quote & Reply

saturnids
Site Owner
Posts: 468

Hi Harry,

I'm waiting for the photos (send me through my mail). I will upload here for you and see if I can identify the bug.

Regards,

Oz

August 10, 2010 at 12:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

saturnids
Site Owner
Posts: 468

Hi Harry,

I received the photos. This is a beetle from the Bostrichidae family.

It is harmless and was probably attracted to the house light at the evening.

It does not sting or bite, just a poor little victim of electric light.

Hope it helps.

Oz

August 10, 2010 at 12:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Harry
Member
Posts: 5

Thanks!!

August 10, 2010 at 12:39 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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