We've recently bought a water fountain for our cat. Theory being that it would save the cat from waiting for someone to turn a tap on for a drink, since she won't drink still water....
Since putting the water fountain out, we've been finding little (seemingly dead) bugs in the water - about seven or eight each day.
Hoping to find out what they are.
We live in Northamptonshire, if that's relevant.
They're around 4mm long, and apologies for the picture quality - they're hard to photograph with my camera because they're so small.
Neither of us have seen any of these little fellows alive, but presumably they must have been alive sometime!
Picture 1 is taken on a piece of paper, Picture 2 is taken with the bugs in the water, and Picture 3 is the best close-up I could do with the camera.
Thanks for the reply - I don't think there is any decaying wood nearby, just a kitchen cabinet which is made of chipboard but I'll have a good check tonight.
The cupboard above is where we keep the cat food, but it's all in little sealed sachets.
They do look like the weevil you mentioned from Google Images, though...
I think the bugs look a bit more like the granary weevil than the wood-boring weevil mentioned earlier. I don't believe there's any stored grain nearby or in the kitchen. As I mentioned to Bombus, the cupboard above contains catfood, but it's sealed in packets - there isn't any open food in there. The location of the bugs is on a short piece of worktop inbetween a tall fridge and a wall, and the cupboards around aren't used as grain stores :-)
Of course I'd send you my bugs in the post - tell me your address and I'll send some over! For some reason I can't quite explain, I'd quite enjoy sending insects in the mail.
If you can send me an email off-group to clive.washington at ntlworld.com then I'll give you the postal address.
Hi Bombus and Clive
Thanks to both of you for identifying the bugs - I've emptied out the cat food cupboard and found the source.
When I said that there wasn't any stored grain nearby, what I had failed to realise was that my lovely missus has been storing grain nearby.
There was a bag of bird seed, which we use to fill a little tray on the bird table in the garden. I opened it up and saw a couple in there.
I tipped the bag out into a pyrex dish, and saw the attached, so presumably they moved in to our kitchen with the bird seed.
I'm amazed to see all of the hollow shells where they've been hatching.
Clive, I'll send you a few over in a little pot. They are still alive at the moment, so I've given them some grain for their big adventure. I'm not sure whether they'll make it to you alive, but I hope so.
Cheers to both of you.
Thanks for the information. The area is all cleaned up now.
The bird seed was teeming with them - hundreds.
It would seem likely that the bird seed was already infested, because that's where they all were - and we haven't found any outside this small area.
Andy, thanks for the specimens which arrived safely (and still alive!) yesterday.
They are as we suspected Sitophilus granarius, the granary weevil. They can be identified by the pits in the pronotum, which are elongated rather than round as in the other Sitophilus species.
Thanks Clive, since your advice I've not seen another GW, so I'll definitely be more careful about keeping bird seed in the house in future, in case it's got any of the little fellows living in it!