Bug question #618947 - Ask Extension


Bug question #618947

Asked March 26, 2020, 12:53 PM EDT

I'm working in my attic and have seen a couple of ant like bugs. Not sure what they are. Doesn't look like they have wings but not certain. Based on the attached photo, do you know what kind of bug this is? Thank you.

Baltimore City County Maryland

Expert Response

This is a type of beetle, most likely a soldier beetle. They are beneficial predators- "good guys" so to speak, who helps control other pest insects.
Here is a page on them: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/predatory-beetles


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