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ID Needed please - Only partial remains. [a: not bed bug; specific ID needed]

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  1. vapourtrail00000

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    Saw this shell/shed/part of a bug on my bed last night...

    Then the crushed bug image is what was on the floor next to my bed.

    I have found some carpet beetle larvae and seen some carpet beetles....although this does not look like a carpet beetle shell? I notice distinct horizontal lines across the shell....

    Any ideas?

    I am based in England if this matter...thanks.

    Shell/Casing? From on my bed (under and upper sides) -

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    And for size, see under a thread microscope - Pic5

    Squashed bug found on floor...(I realise an ID on this will be impossible really)....

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    Any advice appreciated.

    Thank you!

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    As a side note...I have been getting some skin irritation and spots or bumps or bites? Going to see a dermo about that.....

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    None of this looks like bed bugs - looks like the remains of a beetle

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    KillerQueen - 2 minutes ago  » 
    None of this looks like bed bugs - looks like the remains of a beetle

    Hi Killerqueen,

    Thanks for the reply.

    The thing that is troubling me is that it looks like the back of a bed bug, with the vertical lines and the same shape as one?

    In the first set of photos, the shape looks so similar and the lines are what made me panic.....

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    If anyone could help with the ID of this, just it really does look like the shape of a BB, with the stripes too....as well as the fact I am getting red marks on my back and such its making me a bit paranoid...

    I know its only part of an insect so very hard to ID.

    Any help appreciated, thanks.

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    KillerQueen - 19 hours ago  » 
    None of this looks like bed bugs - looks like the remains of a beetle

    Already answered. Its not a bed bug

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    KillerQueen - 25 minutes ago  » 

    KillerQueen - 19 hours ago  » 
    None of this looks like bed bugs - looks like the remains of a beetle

    Already answered. Its not a bed bug


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    vapourtrail00000 - 19 hours ago  » 
    I have found some carpet beetle larvae and seen some carpet beetles....although this does not look like a carpet beetle shell? I notice distinct horizontal lines across the shell....

    Any ideas?If anyone could help with the ID of this, just it really does look like the shape of a BB, with the stripes too....as well as the fact I am getting red marks on my back and such its making me a bit paranoid...
    I know its only part of an insect so very hard to ID.
    Any help appreciated, thanks.

    You just haven't looked at enough insect parts so you are getting confused. The horizontal line scenario is attributable to the fact that the abdomen of insects is composed of segments. You won't see any abdominal lines on a carpet beetle because its wings cover the abdomen and the wing covers cover the abdoment, too. I believe the carpet beetle "shell" you are referencing would actually be the right and left wing covers (elytra) so there would be a vertical line down the middle of the body, but you only have the abdominal segments here. All other body parts are missing.
    Also what you find in the way of insect parts and skin lesions do not always have a connected relationship. Lesions can be a result of something else.
    Your insect part is the remains of the abdominal section of a beetle as KQ said.

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