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Unfamiliar tiny insect [a: anthochorid/minute pirate bug nymph]

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  1. whatamilookingat

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Tue Aug 8 2017 15:27:48
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    Hi! This little guy was found crawling around in the daytime (dark room) found on a family member. We got a microscope photo of it. Its 1.5mm measured as body size (pretty tiny).

    We did a bunch of image comparisons and while it looks like a bed bug nymph we haven't found any other like it and no signs from bites or spots anywhere from any family members.

    Thanks!

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Tue Aug 8 2017 15:49:05
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    Hi,

    Not a bed bug.

    Possibly a minute pirate bug nymph. I would wait for Lou to confirm though.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Tue Aug 8 2017 15:53:28
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    Yes, looks like an anthocorid nymph. This has been a pretty commonly encountered bug this year. It's a predaceous creature and once in a while will taste people. It's just a mistake on their part.

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  4. whatamilookingat

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Tue Aug 8 2017 16:04:03
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    Rad. Thank you! Appreciate the help.

  5. loubugs

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Tue Aug 8 2017 16:11:59
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    whatamilookingat - 7 minutes ago  » 
    Rad. Thank you! Appreciate the help.

    FYI. A minute pirate bug is one of the anthocorid bugs.

  6. Nobugsonme

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    Tue Aug 8 2017 20:17:39
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    They've been so common in IDs here this summer!

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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