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Mar 1, 2018 5:53 PM

Any idea what this is and how to care for it?

Hi.

 

we found the bug in the photo on the lounge carpet (we live in North East Surrey).

 

It's a brown/beige colour, about 2cm long, and it wriggled vigorously when touched.

 

Any idea what it is and how we should look after it?

 

We're not too keen to put it into our freezing cold garden unless that's where it belongs!

 

Thanks for any advice

 

Regards.

 

Brian & Emma

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    Mar 2, 2018 8:48 AM (in response to Brian4488)
    Re: Any idea what this is and how to care for it?

    Hello Brian and Emma

     

    A lovely approach & very welcome, compared to the more usual 'what is this and how do I get rid of it's questions.

     

    Sorry to say though, I  don't think it's species you'd want to nurture. I think it's a mealworm. An escapee from someone feeding a pet or wild bird. They are often associated with old birds nests too.

     

    If you put it outside a bird in your garden will be very grateful.

     

    Amanda

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        May 9, 2018 8:51 PM (in response to Brian4488)
        Re: Any idea what this is and how to care for it?

        What a lovely story.  Thanks for the update.  I do think it probably is,as I originally thought a Tenebrio molitor.  Though someone with better knowledge may correct me.

         

        He should be ok outside, they like being near bark apparently, so you could put him near a log pile somewhere or in a nearby wood.

         

        It is facsinating to help things through to their adult stage isn't it.  Primary schools could benefit from the experience I always think.

         

        Thanks again for the update and well done!

         

        Amanda

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