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Yuck! Please look at this picture and tell me what wee beastie this is. PLEASE!

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EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Fri 26-Jul-13 09:59:47

Warning, this may make you spew...

Okay, this is the fourth one of these things i've seen this week.

Every window in the house has been left opened 24/7 the past fortnight because of the heat, so I'm worried this has caused some sort of infestation.

I've tried Googling what it is, but to no avail.

The closest thing i can find is a flea. I've never seen a real life flea before but assumed they were tiny. This thing in my picture was about about the size of the nail on my little finger.

I have two kittens who have both received 2 deflea vaccinations in the past three months. They went for a check up two weeks ago and were clear.

Any ideas?

Please excuse the bits of mould around it... My window sill is unfortunately a hot spot for dampness.

tb Sat 24-Aug-13 20:47:46

If it's a capricorn beetle, they like to eat roof and floor timbers - we had them in our house and had the timbers treated.

EmilyWesting Fri 16-Aug-13 19:11:16

Wouldn't like to bump into that creepy crawly when cleaning out the bathroom cabinet!

surpriseitsme Tue 13-Aug-13 09:22:04

I cant see any of the pics on my phone so I googled longpennis! damn you Google and your dirty mind.....I hope you aint got one of those on your pillow!!shock shock

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Fri 26-Jul-13 22:58:58

About to go to bed and there's another one on my blimmin pillow!

Serves me right for daring to keep my window open today.

Damn you, LongPennis!

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Fri 26-Jul-13 11:29:28

A scorpion! shock

I'd have been running for the hills. grin

Viviennemary Fri 26-Jul-13 11:27:31

Glad it has been identified. I'm not an expert but then I thought it might be a cockroach or even a scorpion. So just as well I didn't reply. grin

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Fri 26-Jul-13 11:23:42

So there we have it. It's definitely a 'Phytocoris longipennis' hahahaha

Here's the picture on the link. Exact same beastie as mine.

pictish Fri 26-Jul-13 11:22:37

Awww poor Longipennis...OP hates him because he's ugly. sad grin

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Fri 26-Jul-13 11:20:21

Thank you!

Here's the reply I've received from my post on quoteunquote's link.

"Well it is indeed a 'bug', in fact a True Bug - Order Hemiptera. This is one of the group called plant bugs (Family Miridae) and is one of the Phytocoris species - from what I can see I would lean towards Phytocoris longipennis.

This group of mirids are predatory on small invertebrates - so a 'garden goody'.

See UK Bugs info here:

I have to admit, 'longipennis' made me laugh...

PolterGoose Fri 26-Jul-13 11:19:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

goodjambadjar Fri 26-Jul-13 11:17:26

Oops, sorry, not musk, they're too big.

goodjambadjar Fri 26-Jul-13 11:08:28

could be a longhorn beetle, or a Capricorn beetle, but more possible is a musk beetle.

NotQuiteCockney Fri 26-Jul-13 10:50:39

It looks like a timberman - maybe a female one, as their antennae are not so bonkers long.

NotQuiteCockney Fri 26-Jul-13 10:48:46

There are plenty of different varieties of cockroach, some fly.

But that doesn't look like any roach I've ever seen. The colours on its back and legs are all mottled.

I really doubt it's dangerous, anyway.

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Fri 26-Jul-13 10:48:39

Even more relieved it's not a roach than i was to discover it wasn't a flea!. Thank you, thank you. unpacks suitcase

It's about 1cm long, 3littlefrogs. Not any smaller. It's really bugging (blush) me not knowing.

worsestershiresauce Fri 26-Jul-13 10:44:05

It's not a roach, they have a different shaped thorax. I trod on one once in a youth hostel and it was way bigger than a finger nail. Lovely experience that.

Fleas are very springy looking, and teeny tiny. The last holiday cottage I stayed in had an infestation.

I'm very unenthusiastic about holidays now!

3littlefrogs Fri 26-Jul-13 10:42:27

Also nothing remotely like a flea!

3littlefrogs Fri 26-Jul-13 10:41:36

It doesn't look like a cockroach.

How big is it?

MeeWhoo Fri 26-Jul-13 10:36:40

Mind you, i am not an expert, but the long antennae and the big back legs do look cockroachy. I'd suggest a google image search but I don't want you to faint...

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Fri 26-Jul-13 10:34:11

What!!!! shock

Ok, I'm moving.

MeeWhoo Fri 26-Jul-13 10:33:11

Looks like a cockroach to me....

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Fri 26-Jul-13 10:28:02

I've just posted a thread on quote's link so hopefully someone will identify it soon.

Ugh, my skin is crawling. blush

Pictish - that's rather lovely. I don't think i'd be quite as squeamish if that was in my bathroom instead of this giant flea monstrosity. Just in case anyone's as much of a wimp as me, Curlew. I know i'd have almost spewed if i entered this thread and saw that picture first thing. It's the eyes that freak me out most. Argh.

pictish Fri 26-Jul-13 10:24:53

It's almost certainly a variety of beetle.

curlew Fri 26-Jul-13 10:18:30

I wish fleas were that big- they'd be so much easier to deal with!

Mind you, I think head lice should be genetically modified to make them florescent.......

As an aside why would a half inch long beetle make anyone spew?

pictish Fri 26-Jul-13 10:14:32

We do have a guide to insects, so we can look the more interesting ones up. Sometimes we even photograph them.
I would barely notice your little critter.

Found this moth in the kitchen wall yesterday for example....quite lovely!

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