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Help ID shell casting? [a: dermestid larval shed skin]

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  1. jedjed

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Mar 16 2017 20:38:22
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    Hi,
    A few days ago my wife noticed about 15 red, bite-like marks on her leg and lower back. I have not noticed any marks on my own body. We inspected our mattress and box spring and I found a few shell castings (but no obvious fecal matter). I'm not sure if we have bed bugs, carpet beetles or something else.

    Can you help ID these castings from my pics? Thanks!


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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Mar 16 2017 21:12:57
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    A larval shed skin, not a bed bug nymph shed skin. Dermestid larval shed skins.

    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 1 year ago
    Thu Mar 16 2017 22:35:10
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    That's great news -- thanks for the quick reply!


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