scarlet malachite beetle larva

scarlet malachite beetle larva

5956  Hi, my name is Tara, this is a photo of an insect that I have found in my house not once, but three times within a week. I live in Edmonton, AB, and have seen nothing like this before. Twice they have been found crawling on the carpet, and once in my lunch bag! Odd thing is, the times I found them on the carpet were both upstairs on the second floor, whereas my lunch bag always remains on the first floor on top of the kitchen island, or within a cupboard. They do not die when you put them in water, and are about the size of 1cm and move fairly slow (relative to the fast crawling of spiders). This is in March, when the weather is warming up, and almost rainy. Any help would be appreciated, I really have no idea where I may have gotten these buggers.

This is a larva of a scarlet malachite beetle, Malachius aeneus (Coleoptera: Melyridae) – see http://tinyurl.com/khegf6s for detailed information. This is not a pest, but simply an accidental intruder that will do no harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.