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bug ID please [a: female oecobiid spider]

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  1. fearofhitchhikers

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Fri Jul 14 2017 22:12:59
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    Hi, found this little guy moving under my mattress, about 6:15PM local time if it matters. Please help ID - traveled just under a month ago, super paranoid now! Captured it between two pieces of tape.

    These pics are with my phone camera through the 5x circle of a magnifying glass next to the millimeter side of a ruler.
    https://i.imgur.com/LOcKFMk.jpg
    https://i.imgur.com/rCludRh.jpg
    https://i.imgur.com/nHcSe3A.jpg

    These pics I extracted from the videotape mode of my camera, also through the 5x circle of a magnifying glass, same ruler/side:
    https://imgur.com/a/uy2Au

    Sorry if they are a little blurry - hands have been shaking!

    My gut feeling is the shape is a little wrong, and it looks like those might be 8 legs but I'd appreciate an expert opinion!

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Fri Jul 14 2017 23:41:41
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    I am not an expert and can't see it clearly, but I think it's a tick. Definitely not a bed bug.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 4 months ago
    Sat Jul 15 2017 4:58:10
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    Found a slightly better camera app that let me get slightly more clear pics - here's another top picture, and a couple of pics of its bottom:

    http://imgur.com/a/JDSUx

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Sat Jul 15 2017 7:49:31
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    Yes, it has 8 legs and it is an arachnid, but not a tick. It's a spider, a female
    oecobiid spider also known as a wall spider. This one is a species of Oecobius. There are 3 or 4 cosmopolitan species.
    As the common name suggest, they are common on walls, but not just crawling over them, but where the interface of 2 walls meet. The spider constructs a little retreat of silk and some extra webbing and stays there. Can be near windows, too, in similar situation of 2 surfaces meeting (such as molding and wall).

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Posted 4 months ago
    Sat Jul 15 2017 12:30:08
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    Thank you so much! I'm so relieved now. I ordered one of those little clip-on macro lenses too to hopefully improve any future pics I may need to take, since unfortunately my best camera is my phone's.

    Thank you again.

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    Posted 4 months ago
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    That's so much better than a tick, thanks Lou!


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