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Bed Bug Wing Pads?? Brown Ridged Bug with Wings

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  1. wingedbug

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    I found a small brown bug on my bed this morning. It had the brown horizontal ridges that tend to indicate a bed bug, however, when I brought it over to the sink (to just get it away from all the things) it dropped onto the surface and began to flutter wings. It didn't end up anywhere/didn't fly but it definitely had wings that seemed to span its entire body. It fell down the drain before I could snap a picture.

    My question is: I keep reading that adult/mature bed bugs have wing pads. What does this mean? Can they flutter said wing pads? Are the wing pads the length of their bodies so that they look like a bug with wings when they flutter them?

    I'm pretty sure what I found was a beetle - but if I could get a better understanding of bed bug 'wing pads' then I'd be sure. THANKS!

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    You would not consider them wings.

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    wingedbug - 4 hours ago  » 
    I found a small brown bug on my bed this morning. It had the brown horizontal ridges that tend to indicate a bed bug, however, when I brought it over to the sink (to just get it away from all the things) it dropped onto the surface and began to flutter wings. It didn't end up anywhere/didn't fly but it definitely had wings that seemed to span its entire body. It fell down the drain before I could snap a picture.
    My question is: I keep reading that adult/mature bed bugs have wing pads. What does this mean? Can they flutter said wing pads? Are the wing pads the length of their bodies so that they look like a bug with wings when they flutter them?
    I'm pretty sure what I found was a beetle - but if I could get a better understanding of bed bug 'wing pads' then I'd be sure. THANKS!

    Wing pads are movable but are only stubs. You have to look at real bed bugs (pictures) so you understand the morphology. "brown horizontal ridges" do not indicate a bed bug. These bands are the abdominal segments and insects in general look like this. Some abdominal segmentation is covered by wings or wing covers.
    See the following image. Here are adult bed bugs compared to apple seeds. The wing pads are on body at rear of thorax and front of abdomen. These are what's left of the front wings; there are no hind wings. Click on it and then magnify while on Flickr. Read legend.
    Apples and Oranges? Bed Bugs and Apple Seeds. by louento.pix, on Flickr
    See this picture. Better close-up of males and females and also read the legend after clicking to get to Flickr site.
    2+1 cimex by louento.pix, on Flickr

    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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