Squished bug, possible shed, found on jacket photo attached! Please ID(9 posts)
So my saga continues,
I put on my coat this a.m. to go to work and I find a bug on it. At first I thought it was squished, but after looking more closely I can't tell if it's a skin shed or a squished bug.
My husband thinks it is too big to be a BB. Im freaking out. It is oval. It is reddish brown. It has stripes on the back.
I am leaving for vacation in less that 24 hours for a week, and I have someone coming over to feed my cat, I need to know if this is a BB!
I also went out on saturday night and had my coat in a coat check, so perhaps it was from there and luckily dead when I brought it home?
I took a picture of it on top of a dime and on my thumb nail for size comparision.
Thank you for ALL your help.
I have taken more photos, I am using my phone for the pics so the zoom is not the best.
Totally freaking out... Please some one help me ID this nasty little thing.
Not bedbugs, likley to be another ladybird abdomen.
Bed Bugs Limited
Ok, I thought FOR sure this was a BB.
It has the color and the lines, I thought ladybird's have wings? This does not have wings. I will not argue with you if you say not a BB!
What is another ladybird?
I'm am sooo grateful that you posted these pics!! I had found the exact same thing next to my daughter's bed and had competely freaked out. I showed it to my PCO and he said that it wasn't a bed bug (too big), but couldn't tell me what it was, which didn't exactly make me feel better. But, now, I feel relief. My daughter's room has had many ladybird's (although I thought they were Asian beetles). I have been driving myself crazy, searching all our rooms/beds daily for signs of bed bugs. I had found one "poop" stain on her wall and one on our kitchen wall (which is directly under her room). We vacation a lot and my husband travels for work 1-2/month, so I'm always on edge that we'll end up with bed bugs, hense the username "bed bug anxiety". Again, thank you for posting your pics!!! You never know when you might just help ease someone else's mind And, thank you, David Cain for responding
David, do the ladybird's leave "poop" stains? Only found the two, but I did notice that these beetles crawl on walls, glass doors. I did lightly put down DE around the bedrooms wall edges, bed posts & and on the bed frames...."just in case". The ladybird's I found after that were dry & crispy.
That is what the abdomen of a ladybird looks like when the wings are taken off or if they fall off. Although the shape looks a lot like a bedbug and the lines also make you think it the shading is a vital confirming feature, this is why description alone is not reliable for insect id.
I am sorry but I don't know enough ladybird biology to answer that question and will defer to people like Lou and EffeCi on this occasion.
Hope that helps.
Thank you SO very much. My heart stopped when I found it this am, it looks really similar to me, so I am very happy to hear that it is a ladybird, I found one just the other day in my kitchen.
Ever since 2 exposures one a month ago, I have been on the look out, because if we did bring them home, Id want to catch them as soon as possible. I have since learned that my house is an insectarium and when you look for bugs, you will find them, thankfully I have not found a BB.
Thank you again.
Im glad my post help put you at ease, I myself am too paranoid over this bugs and I totally understand the anxiety that comes with not knowing.
Didn't see this post earlier. Remember that the ventral area of a bed bug abdomen has a membranous areas and the sclerites (ventral abdominal plates) don't continue across from one side to the other. The ladybirds have wings but after death the body certainly may easily break apart.
I was thinking we had a zombie predator on the loose that only likes to eat ladybirds heads.
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