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What is This Small Bug?
updated: Mar 15, 2017, 3:23 PM

By Brigitte

Does anyone know what this small bug is? I find them both inside and outside my house.

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 COMMENT 763628 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-15 03:32 PM

That's a large Arcaglod.


 COMMENT 763633 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-15 03:42 PM

Looks like a flea.


 COMMENT 763674 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-15 05:35 PM

Brigette. I am guessing you live near the beach?


It's an amphipod. Those are the little guys you see jumping along the wet sand when you take a beach stroll.

Some people call them "sand fleas." They are more accurately called "sand hoppers." They are harmless and feed on decaying beach matter. Shorebirds like to feed on sandhoppers.

No relation to cat/dog fleas. We'd be in big trouble if the pet fleas here in Santa Barbara were that size.Yikes.


 COMMENT 763685 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-15 05:56 PM

Lawn shrimp, also found in basements. Terrestrial amphipod.


 COMMENT 763721P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-15 11:49 PM


"Arcitalitrus sylvaticus, a Lawn Shrimp, according to BugGuide, or House Hopper, according to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin. According to BugGuide: “These are rarely seen except when flooding or lack of moisture forces them to abandon their home in the soil in search for suitable conditions. At such times they often end up dieing on pavement or in homes and become a nuisance. Once they start appearing, there’s not much that can be done except to sweep them up- pesticides are pointless, because by then they’re already dieing or dead. The best solution is to keep the numbers down the rest of the year by keeping the soil from staying too moist- in California, especially, they’re a sign of overwatering. Physical barriers like weather-stripping can also help to keep them out of homes, but their bodies are flat and narrow, allowing them to slip through surprisingly narrow cracks. ”


 COMMENT 763747 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 08:03 AM

thanks 721P, that's fascinating. I had learned about sand-hoppers, but didn't know that southern california had a terrestrial amphipod that lived in wet soils! I've lived here my whole life, and thought I knew most of the local fauna.

Learn something new every day. :)


 COMMENT 763777 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 09:28 AM

That's Dave the flee.


 COMMENT 763781 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 09:37 AM

Super sized flea !! Eeeek!


 COMMENT 763814 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 11:03 AM

Born and raised here... all my life and have never seen one of these! But then again, I had never seen a house centipede either until last year when I moved to the upper East side. Talk about stuff of nightmares! YIKES! But I did a little digging and actually house centipedes are really good to have around, they eat the really yucky things, so I left my ugly little multi-legged pal alone in peace.


 COMMENT 763880 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 03:11 PM

roger that 777


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