What IS this bug?

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  1. DixyDoodle

    DixyDoodle stranger than fiction

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    I found this crawling in the spare room. It was a good inch long! Bleck! It almost looks like a centipede that's missing some legs but really fat in the bum. I hope it's not a termite; I looked it up and it doesn't resemble any that I could find but.......you think it is a female centipede? Maybe the cat got at it?

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  2. DixyDoodle

    DixyDoodle stranger than fiction

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    Sorry for that picture being so large! :p
     

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    swamp man Well-Known Member

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    I dunno what that thing is,but it definitely aint a centipede.
     
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    pookshollow Pook's Hollow

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    No idea! How many legs has it got, eight? Weird.
     
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    Queen Bee Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Could it be a type of earwigs??
     
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    My guess is au underdeveloped millapede. (common house centapede).

    FYA, A termite looks like a small flying ant! Big clearish wings.
    This time of year you will find them in swarms I am sorry to say. I have seen two so far this Spring. One came in my back door and the other was in the root of my big sycamore tree in the back yard. I sprayed both. :flame:
     
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    DixyDoodle stranger than fiction

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    Red Devil, you win! LOL That link was exactly what I had, minus a few legs. I guess the cat musta been playing with this one. I'm just glad it's not a termite! :D

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  10. BaronsMom

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    House Centipedes - they are cool. Look like a "running feather"...Here's another photo of one with legs intact

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    gobug Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I can't tell you what it is, but I can say for certain it is not a silverfish, centipede or millipede.

    There are more than a million different bugs in this world. As an exterminator, I can tell you it is not a common household invader.

    One thing you could do is send your photo to your state agricultural college, or the office of the state entemologist. They identify bugs as a service (at least here in CO).
     
  12. MoonShine

    MoonShine Fire On The Mountain

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    That explains your username,huh? :)

    I've never seen a bug like that. What are earwigs? I don't think we have those either.
     
  13. BaronsMom

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    It is a house centipede based on the original photo (entomologist examined the photo) - just very mangled.
     
  14. KindredSpirit

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    Does he win the ..........centipede? :rolleyes:
     
  15. BaronsMom

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    I think the centipede actually lost :)
     
  16. DixyDoodle

    DixyDoodle stranger than fiction

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    Sorry, the centipede has left the building! He made a brief visit to the duck pen and didn't return! ;)

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    That is to bad. He ought to win something for his efforts. Any ideas?
     
  18. Corky

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    gobug, take another look at the body complete with the three stripes of the common house centipede. Someone or something just pulled off a bunch of his legs. That is why his front legs are all curled up in pain. Or he is dead. That causes the folded legs also.
     
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    This is obviously a genetically modified cross between a centipede and German Roach... :nerd:
    Whoever cloned it should learn how to count. The legs don't match up on both sides.

    Now that I've cleared up that little mystery...feel free to call me with any of your other science questions...
     
  20. DixyDoodle

    DixyDoodle stranger than fiction

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    Jillis, yes, I noticed the leg mismatch in the picture also. But when I caught it, it appeared to only have 3 legs on each side. Now it has four on one side, weird. But in any case, I think the other legs are probably scattered around somewhere! ;) My cat loves bug hunting......