ID Please [odd beetle](20 posts)
Is this what I think it is? Shit.
P.S. assuming it is a BB, any idea of its gender?
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I wouldn't assume it's a BB... it looks more like an adult female of Odd Beetle.... a better pic would help...
Can you turn it over and get a picture of the underside? And a better top picture. Effe Ci is an entomologist and he knows his stuff. Take a look at this link, and compare it, but get a better picture.
Head is too big, antennae are different and thorax has a wrong shape. Odd Beetle.
Unfortunately I killed the thing and broke apart its corpse. Sorry. I'll keep looking for additional specimens. I was surprised at the lack of blood though, but had just assumed it was unfed (was only slightly darker than the odd beetle in the link you provided). If this really is an odd beetle instead then I'm psyched. Thanks so so much for the info! Ridiculous how such a small insect can have such a large effect on ones psyche. If you're in the NYC area I'd be happy to buy each one of you a beer.
If I see more I'll make sure to get a better photo next time. I love you guys. Take care!
NeverGoingToSleepAgain - 4 minutes ago »
If you're in the NYC area I'd be happy to buy each one of you a beer.
I don't know about diesel but it's safe to assume that effeCi isn't in the New York area.
Effe Ci is in Italy, I come from the small but wonderful state of Kansas. About 38 hours from NYC. NYC has more people in the city than my whole state 4 x's over. But if I am ever in NYC, a beer would be lovely. Trust Effe Ci, he is an entomologist, knows more about bugs than you and I will ever dream. Get some sleep now.
was only slightly darker than the odd beetle in the link you provided
Yeah, that's because that one is an old specimen in a museum and so its original colour has lightened
Yes, a female odd beetle. Head is flat in front unlike our bed bug. Also antennae are different. Body different. I'll have to come up with a comparative photo like I did with the shiny spider beetle and our bed bug. These beetles are being found more and more because people are searching more and more for bed bugs. Males found, too, but look very different from their female counterparts. That's the reason for their common name.
Awesome thanks so much guys (Grazie tanto Effeci!). Still need to figure out what's giving me mystery bites, but this takes a huge load off my mind. You guys do amazing work here. Thanks for all of your efforts!
hi lou! thanks again for id-ing my odd beetle! i think a photo comparison would be brilliant!
A bit over a week has passed and I'm still getting bites and finding blood on my sheets and pillows (multiple spots just from taking the photos below, though usually it's been only once or twice a week).. I've ordered a passive trap ($20 is well worth ending paranoid uncertainty) and so should hopefully know for sure in the next week or so.
In the mean time would you wonderful gentlemen mind IDing a few more things for me? I have much better quality photos this time around.
This first one is a possibly a lower part of BB. though it's a bit thicker than I would have expected:
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/7719/piecexp.png (warning: this image is rather large).
There are also these small bugs, which I'm fairly sure are not BBs but was hoping you could help my identify. They look a bit like a snail. http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/21/otherw.png The reason why I'm asking is I also found one near the head of my bed behind the radiator where there are tons of little black spots on the wall: http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/7214/wallq.png
Thanks in advance for your time.
These new pictures are too out of focus for me to ID, sorry. The last one doesn't look bed bug related.
Thanks for the feedback KillerQueen. I'll try to retake the first two again. (don't have a macro lens though so it's a bit hard). Any other thoughts guys?
piecexp.png - not bedbug although possibly insect
otherw.png - not insect its a "bobble"
wallq.png - nothing faecal there, from the density variations I would say possibly dirt or mold.
Hope you reach a state of peace of mind soon.
Bed Bugs Limited
Please Help ID. We have these at work and it has been confirmed someone had an infestation at home are these bed bugs?
I was not sure how to place this as a new post vs a reply, please let me know where to post for help. Thank you.
I would tell you how to post but you don't need to!
That's a Shiny Spider Beetle, I am not an expert but I say that with 95% certainty. There was a post about this a few days ago on the blog with pictures.
Yeah 100% not bedbugs, I agree on spider beetle but I am on the mobile.
PS new topic button at top of forum
Thank You So Much I Have Been So Worried.
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