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  1. _telemachus1

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Nov 28 2011 22:42:10
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    Is this a bedbug? I can't seem to match it to anything.

    I have been diagnosed with carpet beetles, which I am currently combatting, but I caught this in a sticky trap today and am wondering what it is. It has the segmented-looking body of a bed bug, but it doesn't look as transparent or as reddish brownish as bedbug pictures I have seen. It looks more opaque/greyish. Seems like it has two pincers or antannae on its head; legcount is hard to ascertain.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/83254209@N00/

  2. punaisedelit

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Nov 28 2011 22:48:45
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    Your link doesn't work.

  3. _telemachus1

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Nov 28 2011 23:26:31
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    Sorry. Here they are. The insect in question is about 1/4 inch in length.

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  4. _telemachus1

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Nov 28 2011 23:53:22
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    Added a few more to the same flickr page. Just click on "_telemachus1's photostream" to see the rest. One of them is quite good resolution.

  5. lsdrg706

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Tue Nov 29 2011 1:54:32
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    That looks like a sow bug to me, but I am no expert.

    In any case, looks nothing like a bed bug.

  6. loubugs

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    Tue Nov 29 2011 6:30:26
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    Yes, a sowbug. People should have faith in themselves and their ability to discern one small creature from another. A sowbug doesn't look anything like a bed bug. You can see so many legs, for one thing. The body is one unit (composed of sections) and its shape has nothing to do with insects let alone a specific insect.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult in all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology.

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