(Picture) Can anyone tell me what this insect is that I found on my pillow?

(39 Posts)
EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 10:01:13

My second bug thread. Just wondered if any of you know what this is? I've also posted it in a bug forum but they can take ages to reply and I'm getting anxious.

Last night, before getting into bed, i found this mutant spider (but not a spider because it only has 6 legs) crawling along my pillow. My bed is right beneath a window, so this morning i intend to switch my room around to get my bed to a safe, windowless wall. blush I hate, hate, hate creepy crawlies. It looks pregannt to me and i now think my pillow is infected with millions of microscopic eggs...

The picture is extremely zoomed in as I took it from quite a distance. I'd say it was no bigger than 1/2 a cm.

Any ideas?

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 10:24:45

Oh god, it's not a bed bug, is it? faints

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 10:26:24

My mattress, pillow, duvet and sheets are all less than 18 months old and I hoover the mattress at least once a fortnight and wash the sheets every week. Sometimes twice a week!


Beehatch Sat 07-Sep-13 10:29:33

Not a bed bug! Is some kind of beetle or weevil, the kind that eat notches in leaves. Might have come from a houseplant our in the window. Poor thing is lost.

Actually I thing earwigs are bigger than 1/2 cm.

I really hope its not a bedbug. Seriously. I feel for you if it is.


This link shows a picture of a bed bug.

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 10:33:09

Thanks for the replies.

So relieved it's not a bed bug. I don't think it's an earwig either as I've just googled pictures of those.

My daughter put it safely outside for me last night (I had to wake her up to do this - she's five!) so hopefully s/he goes and finds a more welcoming person's pillow to invade. I really hope she didn't lay any eggs before she left...

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 10:35:31

That picture you've linked to is the closest looking thing I've found to it, yet, yourhandinmyhand. Can't believe I let dd take it outside now.

Faints again

SparkyTGD Sat 07-Sep-13 10:35:31

It does look like a bed bug, only from comparing pics, IMO, sorry.

SparkyTGD Sat 07-Sep-13 10:38:50

Ps don't google search images of bedbugs, I just did (bleurghh!) and I really think that's what it looks like.

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 10:39:01

Oh my god. I feel disgusting. I think I may throw up as a matter of fact. How the hell has this happened? I thought bed bugs only invade old mattresses or dirty bedding? Mine are all new-ish and clean!

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 07-Sep-13 10:42:24

It looks like a bedbug to me - sorry!

It's a myth that they only invade old/dirty stuff. They're equal opportunity bugs, and very tricky to get rid of (2nd sorry).

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 10:42:33

Here's another picture with a strand of my hair next to it (with the small hope you all will tell me it wasn't a bed bug after all).

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 10:44:08

I don't have any bites and that was the only one. I've stripped down all my bed and examined everything thoroughly with a light and can't see any others (clinging to yet another piece of small hope here).

JourneyThroughLife Sat 07-Sep-13 10:47:51

Just seen this - it's a weevil. They lay eggs in the soil in plant roots and then hatch out and eat plant leaves, making a mess of your plants, including pot plants. They are coming inside to hibernate for the winter, I'd take it outside again if it's come into the house. They have very hard shells on their back (in case you're unfortunate enough to squash it!)

heartichoke Sat 07-Sep-13 10:47:52

It's a lovely little weevil (not a vine weevil, which is a good thing!) that's lost its way.

It looks just like this pic and id of an Otiorhynchus aurifer Bohemian 1843: www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/thread/1998

JourneyThroughLife Sat 07-Sep-13 10:48:35

Just seen this - it's a weevil. They lay eggs in the soil in plant roots and then hatch out and eat plant leaves, making a mess of your plants, including pot plants. They are coming inside to hibernate for the winter, I'd take it outside again if it's come into the house. They have very hard shells on their back (in case you're unfortunate enough to squash it!)

JourneyThroughLife Sat 07-Sep-13 10:49:28

It won't bite you, by the way, and no, it is not a bed bug...

SparkyTGD Sat 07-Sep-13 10:50:45

NHS link for you with advice.

Have you stayed in a hotel recently, perhaps its just a stray one, from the pics I've looked at (ewwww!) it looks like a male one.

Maybe its a stray, hopefully.

If it was a bed bug I think there would be loads more.

<Clinging on to hope with OP>

heartichoke Sat 07-Sep-13 10:52:19

It's not a bedbug - look at those antennae...

SparkyTGD Sat 07-Sep-13 10:58:04

heartichoke & Journey probably right, I see what you mean about the antennae.

BigBrassBand Sat 07-Sep-13 10:59:19

It doesn't look like a bedbug, look at the horizontal stripes on a bedbug's torso, whereas your beetle has a hard shell divided into 2 wing cases, rather like this species Typhaea stercorea

Lethologica Sat 07-Sep-13 11:02:13

It's not a bedbug. It's abdomen is too rounded and its too small. Bedbugs are very flat when they haven't eaten.

SilverApples Sat 07-Sep-13 11:02:23
EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 11:02:31

Thanks once again for all your replies. beginning to hope believe it's not a bed bug.

From the NHS link: "Adult bedbugs look a bit like lentils and are visible to the naked eye. They are oval-shaped, flat and reddish-brown, and up to 5mm long." "Because their bodies are flat..."

The body of this bug was distinctly round (hence why I thought it was up-duffed) and looked nothing like a lentil. It looked like a spider to me if not for the missing two legs.

I'm googling pictures of weevils too but can't see any that looks like my unwanted visitor either.

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 11:05:25

Thanks again.

Its the antennae that's making me think it doesn't look like the weevil pictures you've all linked too.

My incests's antennae are very straight and pointing to each side. Whereas the weevils' seem to have a slight kink and are pointing slightly upwards.

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 11:05:56

I mean "insect's" of course not "incest's". blush

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 11:09:55

Ah, actually it's antennae are pointing a bit more upwards in the second picture. Here's a zoomed in and rotated version of the other picture (with the strand of hair).

SparkyTGD Sat 07-Sep-13 11:14:40

Gosh yes, sorry to add to your hysteria earlier blush

I didn't realise that it was possible to click on pic to get a better look (dopey in the morning grin), it does not look like a bedbug from closer look.

SparkyTGD Sat 07-Sep-13 11:15:35

Maybe your weevil uses GHDs grin

I just found a luminous green spider in the washing.

Between that and this thread I am itching all over.

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 11:59:53

don't be silly, Sparky. I was glad of the replies. I'm just relieved it's not a horrid bed bug grin

Okay, Just had a reply on the bug forum and the poster reckons it's a spider beetle like this one.

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 12:01:00

and this. Both are spider beetles, so i was almost right in my op by saying it was a spider.

Apparently these can also be house pests, so I've to be on the lookout.

Beehatch Sat 07-Sep-13 12:16:29

Ahh, that second spider beetle is actually quite cute, all fluffy and brown!

headlesslambrini Sat 07-Sep-13 12:27:20

I know what it is - it's proper name is Mnwindmeuppie, I'm really sorry to say Op, that it's a rare creature under protected species status and against the law to kill or move it. I'm afraid if it wants your bed, then legally you have to let it have it. Think of it as squatters rights.

Unfortunately this is not the worst of it. In order to survive they need a specific liquid. This is mostly commonly found in ear wax. They crawl inside and drink from the wax, after they have quenched their thirst, they will often lay eggs, which hatch within two weeks. I can't tell from the picture if this is a male or female.

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 07-Sep-13 16:30:12


Oh god it took me about five minutes to figure out that last post was a joke. I well and truly almost cried.


I've scoured the house all day and no other sign of spider beetles. So hopefully it was just a one off.

headlesslambrini Sun 08-Sep-13 12:42:49


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