The happy couple, again: Lou’s male and female bed bugs revisited

by nobugsonme on December 16, 2009 · 4 comments

in bed bug eggs, bed bug feces, bed bugs, photos of bed bugs

Lou Sorkin shared a follow-up to Monday’s Photo of newly mated male and female bed bugs.  He writes,

Female [has] now deposited dark “typical” fecal matter that many people call undigested blood, but it has been digested and voided. If it were undigested blood, how would the bugs be obtaining any nourishment from their blood meals? Male had crawled over and displaced her, but she was in same position as in first picture before I was able to take this shot. A second egg has been deposited on far right. Note first egg is much more elongated and narrow than second one (“normal” shaped egg).


You can see the original photo here.   Thanks, Lou!

Credit: photo All Rights Reserved by Dr. Louis Sorkin, American Museum of Natural History.

1 Aimee December 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Ugh gives new meaning to Romeo and Juliet!

2 Sara December 19, 2009 at 12:48 am

Is there any chance the female is menstruating(do they?)?

3 bb_gave_me_ocd December 20, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I’m pretty sure menstruation is restricted to a few mammalian species, so it’s unlikely to be the case here. Just vampire excrement.

4 nobugsonme December 20, 2009 at 9:20 pm

No, bed bugs don’t menstruate. They do excrete fecal matter.

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