What are the bugs I found living on a messy desk?
June 21, 2012 11:33 AM Subscribe
What are these bugs I found while cleaning off a very messy desk?
posted by rhiannonstone to Science & Nature (5 answers total)
I just cleaned off a desk that had had stacks of papers sitting on it untouched for a full year, if not longer. When I moved one of the stacks of papers I found a bunch of small bugs that I'd never seen before. Unfortunately I freaked out and made them disappear before I thought to get a picture, but they were tiny-to-small, a mottled light brownish, and were the approximate size and shape of small dried lavender buds. Some were smaller than others. They seemed to move kind of fast, but that may have just been my perception upon encoutering unexpected unfamiliar bugs. They kind of looked like very small moths with their wings folded, only without the prominent antennae, and I'm mostly certain that they didn't actually have wings.
Possibly relevant: There was food (a couple of candybars) on the desk, too, but it was still sealed and the desk itself didn't have any food residue. I found what looked like very fine sand or sawdust in the same general area I found the bugs, but it may very well have been actual sand, and the wood (or "wood," I'm not sure) of the desk itself is undamaged.
I am certain they were not: termites, ants, spiders, beetles, or roaches.
Sorry I don't have more details, but I'm hoping someone can provide a place to start looking.