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Aug 1, 2010 9:22 PM

what are these little bugs, found dead in cat's water?

Hi all,


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.



  • From what I can see they look about right for the wood boring weevil Euophryum confine - could they be falling out of some decaying wood nearby?
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  • I think this is Sitophilus granarius, the granary weevil.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but the pronotum looks nealy as long as the elytra and the antennae are inserted close to the base of the rostrum.  There are actually very few records of these in the UK - do you live near to a source of stored grain (or is something living in your kitchen?).  I'd be quite interested to have a closer look at a few of these - would you be willing to stick a few in the post if i give you my email?
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    • Thanks Andy.  It looks as though you have quite a lot, I wonder if they found their way to you, or if you bought bird seed that was already infested?  It will be interesting to see what you have got because there are 3 species of Sitophilus and, as oryzae was split recently, their distribution is not well known.  These are considered a serious pest so it would be best if you did a thorough cleanup and killed any live adults.  Putting them in a jar with a good blast of fly spray should do the job.
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