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May 24, 2012 8:35 PM

Wonder if anyone can help identify this bug?

Hi,

 

Wonder if anyone can help identify this flying bug.  It's in our Kitchen and Dining Room.  They seem to be breeding as we're getting 100+ per day in the hot weather and around 50+ per day when it's cooler.  They're attracted to the light and generally congregate on the ceiling.  Approx 3-4mm long.

 

I'm working my way around the rooms trying to find where they're coming from but all I've found so far are what appear to be discarded wings/shells but nothing else.  Still plenty of places to look but having an idea of what it is, it's habits and what it's living off would really help.

 

Thanks in advance.

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    Jun 7, 2012 12:34 PM (in response to dubbers)
    Re: Wonder if anyone can help identify this bug?

    It's a beetle , rather than a "True Bug".

    It remainds me somewhat of Elodes minuta, but I could be very wrong!

     

    Ray

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    Jun 7, 2012 2:01 PM (in response to dubbers)
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    The first thing I would check would be all birdseed and grains that might be stored in the house.

    Lewis.

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    Jun 7, 2012 5:26 PM (in response to dubbers)
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    try looking in corners

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      Jun 12, 2012 5:27 PM (in response to dubbers)
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      It is not too unlike a Helodidae/Scirtidae, like a Cyphon sp. Those are very hard to identify to species level. See this page.

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          Jun 15, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to dubbers)
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          Hello,

          I agree with Episcophagus: these are beetles known as Marsh Beetles Cyphon sp. (family Scirtidae, formerly known as Helodidae). There are 10 very similar species in Britain and I can’t identify these to the level of species, because there is no identification key published in Britain. They are found near water, where their larvae – which resemble woodlice – develop.  

           

           

          The larvae are filter-feeders in aquatic habitats, mainly in stagnant water. The adults are terrestrial and may be found flying among vegetation, usually near the larval habitat. These beetles are poorly known, and usually we get only males in collections.

           

          I don’t know why they come into your house. It may be close to some stagnant water, which may be just a water butt where you collect rainwater. The larvae pupate near their breeding site, so that may explain why they emerge in your house, then try to escape towards the light at the windows. I don’t think they can be pests to food, carpets or wood, and they may be just a nuisance. Making sure they do not breed in a water container or pond near the house may solve the problem.

           

          Please follow the link below to see photos of all species found in Britain, plus a European one:

          http://coleoptera.ksib.pl/search.php?taxonid=13926&l=en&dds=par

           

          I hope this helps.

           

          Yours,

          Florin

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