What kind of bug is this?
November 12, 2016 3:20 PM   Subscribe

Can you identify what type of critter this bug is? Photo 1, Photo 2
posted by willnot to Pets & Animals (6 answers total)
 
Where do you live? Where (house, garden, pubes) did you find the little guy?

It looks like a rove beetle.
posted by hexatron at 3:27 PM on November 12, 2016


Live in Southern California near the beach. It was inside the house. Wanted to make sure it wasn't some kind of termite or carpenter ant or something else that may eat our house out from under us.
posted by willnot at 3:38 PM on November 12, 2016


Harmless.
Wikipedia says many live on the shore (I had no idea).
posted by hexatron at 3:51 PM on November 12, 2016


Termite? Rove beetles tend to have pointy butts.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 4:06 PM on November 12, 2016


I think that is a termite.
posted by fingersandtoes at 4:10 PM on November 12, 2016


Everybody in CA has termites but you probably ought to have someone out to take a look if it's been a while since your house was fumigated. Some of them - the ground kind I think - can do a lot of harm quickly, while the other kind (wood?) take a long time and are basically contained by every ten year fumigation.
posted by fingersandtoes at 4:52 PM on November 12, 2016


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