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  1. MsJ

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Jan 4 2011 10:29:59
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    As mentioned in a previous post.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/110502385338122225296/Bugs?authkey=Gv1sRgCJzJxZmbssTK-AE#

    Bug is dead now, so antennae have flopped, however, when it was alive:

    Bug is dark/brown black, has wispy antennae, six legs of same length, egg-shaped body, not flat, segmented/ridged plate and a definite beak. Size is between 1-3mm.

    Found this crawling on me at my MILs, so unsure if it's the same type of bug eating me at home, but any ID help will be a start!

    Thanks,

    Ms J.

  2. loubugs

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Jan 4 2011 11:22:04
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    I think it's a weevil (a beetle) of some sort, but difficult to say because it's in plastic.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Jan 4 2011 14:49:00
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    May be from sub-family Cossoninae....

  4. Richard_Naylor

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Jan 4 2011 14:49:22
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    Looks like a weevil to me too, but I wouldn't describe weevil antennae as being "wispy". They are normally short and clubbed. Is it possible you are looking at something other than its antennae?

  5. MsJ

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Jan 5 2011 11:01:33
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    Richard_Naylor - 19 hours ago  » 
    Looks like a weevil to me too, but I wouldn't describe weevil antennae as being "wispy". They are normally short and clubbed. Is it possible you are looking at something other than its antennae?

    Thank you all for your replies which are very much appreciated. I can't state this enough.

    Re: the antennae question: yes, antennae, and they seemed wispy at the time the bug was alive, but I would agree they were short or at least in proportion. As for clubbed, do you mean stubby? If so, no, definitely not.

    I would write more but am needing a bug break tonight!

    MsJ.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    You could take a picture of it but out of the plastic bag. Try a macro setting on the camera.


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