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Is this a bed bug? [a: true bug, likely a seed bug]

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  1. uhoh

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun Jul 30 2017 12:39:40
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    Hi All,

    I've signed up to here really worried about this bug I found in my kitchen crawling along the floor. I killed it by squishing it gently and then bagged it, once I had taken photos.

    Would be so grateful of anyone could help ID it.

    Thanks

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  2. Mawiwala

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    Not a bed bug

  3. uhoh

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun Jul 30 2017 13:49:34
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    What makes you say that? It looks exactly like one to me with one exception - the antenna are tipped darker. Which doesn't seem to be the case for bed bugs? But I can't see it matches any bug and I've googled a lot. Carpet beetles tend to have a line down the middle which I can't see here?

    Thank you for your time. Really appreciate it.

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    For example the antennae is to long and is thicker on the ends. The picture of the bottom is the wrong color and the back seems not as segmented and a little translucent on the sides. Only one characteristics suffice for a negative id. Remember that there are a lot of bugs in the world. the kitchen is a very unlikly place for a bed bug.

    Sorry not a native speaker.

  5. uhoh

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    OK thank you. I actually only noticed the antenna after I had posted that. I'm glad you don't think it is a bed bug.

    Really appreciate your help. Not sure what I can do to repay you, but I am really really grateful.

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    You're welcome. Glad to help.

  7. loubugs

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    uhoh - 16 hours ago  » 
    What makes you say that? It looks exactly like one to me with one exception - the antenna are tipped darker. Which doesn't seem to be the case for bed bugs? But I can't see it matches any bug and I've googled a lot. Carpet beetles tend to have a line down the middle which I can't see here?
    Thank you for your time. Really appreciate it.

    I don't think it's a beetle, but a true bug from outdoors. Possibly a seed bug, a lygaeid. Antennae are enlarged at the tip, very much unlike bed bug antennae. Abdomen exposed, no wing covers like a beetle or even an adult bug with regular sized hemelytra. There are certain adult true bugs with very short wings (brachypterous). Even adult bed bugs have very short wings called hemelytral pads.

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    Thank you both for your comments. Very much appreciated.


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