Saturday, July 08, 2006

Interesting bug in my bathroom.

Saw this lovely creature clinging to my bathroom wall last night. Maybe an inch & a half long. I took photos and then scooped him onto a piece of paper and unceremoniously tossed him outside. Not the greatest photo because I forgot to turn on the flash.
I've tried to find out what it is - came across this cool site - but no luck so far.

Threecollie at Northview Diary nailed it - it's a house centipede! Harmless, beneficial even. They eat spiders and larvae and other smaller bugs. I should've put it in my 76 year old Scary Basement, there's enough spiders down there to keep an army of house centipedes alive for centuries.


Blogger threecollie said...

Try house centipede

6:03 AM  
Blogger Carina said...

And there it is!! Wow, that was fast, threecollie. Thank you!
Oh, they eat spiders and other little bugs. My house was built in 1930 & the basement can be damp...I should have put it down there instead, according to the little article I just read.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Behind Blue Eyes said...

Eeeew! Coool! Creeeepy!

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Leigh-Ann said...

I've never seen anything like that before. If I'd found one, I would have thought it was the precursor to something that was going to grow wings.

9:25 PM  
Blogger threecollie said...

Every now and then we used to find them in our bathroom at our old house. They make me shudder......

9:15 AM  
Blogger Carina said...

I found one last year in this house too. Mst be more common in the damp midwest, I never saw these in all my years in Colorado or California.
Now that I know what it is, I'm OK with them being here as long as they stick to the basement and eat spiders!

6:17 AM  
Anonymous maritzia said...

Damn...I've been killing these guys all these years. Don't really have them up here in Washington, but they were a fixture in Houston.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

Hi Maritzia - they must like more humid environments, I never saw a single one of these during 17 years in Colorado.
And I KNOW Houston is humid - you made a good move! :)

8:21 PM  
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