The "ant" is a rove beetle (Staphylinidae) - just an accidental intruder,
and not a threat other than providing food for pests like *Anthrenus*.
The crime scene is evidence of active *Anthrenus *infestation - these are
typical remains with frass after a good feed. In the top of the picture,
you can see some fine hairs which the *Anthrenus *larva has shed while
making its escape.
It may be wise to replace the blunder traps more regularly - no point in
leaving food around to keep the *Anthrenus *population going.
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On 10 February 2017 at 21:38, Betsy Bruemmer <betsy.bruem...@mohai.org>
> Happy Friday!
> I have two questions - see attached images. One is a pest that resembles
> an ant and is about a quarter of an inch long – except it has different
> body parts than most ants, and no pincers like earwigs. The second is the
> crime scene sticky trap. I see this fairly often. Assuming these are spider
> eggs, is it the case that the spider gets stuck on the glue, which causes
> it to lay all its eggs, and then something comes along and eats the spider?
> Or is it frass? Thanks!
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