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Help!! Please help me ID [a: possible ladybird beetle rear end]

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  1. ash829481

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    My brother brought home a jacket from the thrift store today and washed it on sanitize setting and on the dryer on high. He had the jacket in his room for about an hour before he brought it down to the laundry room to be washed. After putting the jacket in the dryer I found this skin right outside of the laundry room on the floor in the living room. There is a step up into the living room from the laundry room so I don't know if bed bugs can crawl all the way up the steps. (Sorry if that is a stupid question) I am freaking out because this is such a fear of mine and it looks like a cast of a bed bug I have no idea if it is fresh or what. I know we do not have bed bugs in our bedrooms. Please help me. I have uploaded a picture. Thank you.

    https://flic.kr/p/DbUWS3

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    Thu Nov 9 2017 12:45:55
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    I would be worried too. That looks like the rear end of an actual bed bug nymph. I would inspect the areas that coat lingered before it was washed.

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    HifromChi - 2 hours ago  » 
    I would be worried too. That looks like the rear end of an actual bed bug nymph. I would inspect the areas that coat lingered before it was washed.

    It is more a body than a shed skin, but it looks it could be the rear end of maybe a ladybird beetle. Hard to see detail.

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    Thu Nov 9 2017 15:21:53
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    It is very thin which made me think it was a piece of skin. I posted a picture of the flip side of it which is more rough compared to the other pic which is why I thought it was skin. it does not have any hair on either side. I thought bed bugs little hairs. I did see other pictures that looked similar that were the ladybird beetle but I have no clue. I am freaking out!

    (it is the most recent uploaded image)

    https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll

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    Thu Nov 9 2017 18:57:19
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    ash829481:
    "(it is the most recent uploaded image)

    https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll"

    wrong link

  6. ash829481

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    Sorry. Try this link https://www.flickr.com/photos/138110306@N02/shares/0f43j0

    again this image is the underside it's more rough and there is no hair on either side. it looks like other pictures of a lady beetle but I don't know. I haven't found anything else other than this piece.


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