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ID request - too long-bodied to be bed bug? [a: beetle]

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  1. refried

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Wed Jan 10 2018 12:40:49
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    I moved into a new apartment and spotted this tiny critter active on a box near my bed in the morning. Comparing to online images suggests this is too long-bodied and tight-waisted to be a bedbug, although it somewhat resembles a recently-fed adult.

    A positive ID as something else would set my mind at ease.

    For a sense of scale (in the bottom of a common 10-oz Dixie paper bowl): https://imgur.com/lJG9QM8

    Tight screen grab with good lighting: https://imgur.com/bED97AQ

    Video of earwig-like scurry: https://imgur.com/Jdv69Jh

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Wed Jan 10 2018 13:34:48
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    Definitely not a bed bug. It looks like a beetle, but Lou or KQ can give an exact ID.

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Wed Jan 10 2018 14:31:07
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    BigDummy - 54 minutes ago  » 
    Definitely not a bed bug. It looks like a beetle, but Lou or KQ can give an exact ID.

    refried: Video of earwig-like scurry: https://imgur.com/Jdv69Jh

    Yes, a beetle. Can't see a clear view of pronotum but looks like one of the species of Oryzaephilus, merchant or saw-toothed grain beetle.
    No, not an earwig-like scurry.

    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 6 months ago
    Thu Jan 11 2018 12:57:17
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    Thank you very much, BigDummy and loubugs!


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