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Bedbug Macro Videos!

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  1. Richard_Naylor

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Mar 8 2011 5:42:15
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    I just created a little video gallery of various bedbug behaviours. I plan to add to it in due course, but this is what I have so far:

    http://e3.group.shef.ac.uk/2011/03/bedbug-video-gallery/

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Mar 8 2011 9:48:51
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    You really know how to provoke mixed emotions, Dr Naylor.

    What are the materials in the harbourage vid? I'm guessing some sort of upholstery foam for one but the pleated/ folded stuff has me stumped.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Mar 8 2011 10:21:20
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    Thanks Koebner,

    It's actually all filter paper. We keep all our cultures on it as it is very absorbent. This helps to soak up the aqueous fecal droplets, which prevents it sticking to the bugs. It doesn't take long for the bugs to turn the gleaming white filter paper into that brown, crusty looking stuff in the videos!

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Mar 8 2011 11:05:34
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    Yipes.
    Thought I'd seen really extreme stuff on dumped furniture but once again, you take the biscuit.

    BTW - are you by any chance on the Skeptics in the Pub speakers' list? They're the perfect target audience - they love demolishing canards; they tend to be more gown than town, with all the mobility, backpacking & low-quality housing that implies; & there's v high social media usage among attendees. A group both in need of decent BB info & well-placed to promulgate the message.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Mar 8 2011 12:27:34
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    Near the end of the traumatic insemination video where the couple is in a crevice, you can see the cleaning behavior of other bugs combing antennae, possibly mouth parts with their setal combs on distal tibiae (right before insertion of tarsi) of first legs.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Mar 8 2011 12:34:53
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    Foraging video also shows some cleaning behavior. Great images/movies, Richard. Nice close-ups of horizontally feeding bug!

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Mar 8 2011 16:55:33
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    Ugh. I wish that there were some way to unwatch those videos. Oh well, I didn't want to sleep tonight anyway.

    -rs1971

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Mar 8 2011 23:03:30
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    Great, now we have bed bug "pr0n"!

    Nice work, Richard!

    Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night...
    - Psalms 91:5-7

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  9. Richard_Naylor

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Mar 9 2011 5:27:31
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    Thanks everyone,

    Koebner,
    "BTW - are you by any chance on the Skeptics in the Pub speakers' list?"
    I hadn't heard of the 'Skeptics in the Pub'. I just looked up my local group and they have some great talks lined up. I think I'll get involved. You are right, they might well be interested to learn about bedbugs.

    Lou,
    "Nice close-ups of horizontally feeding bug! "
    Thank you. It always seems like the bugs prefer to feed without climbing onto the host. It makes sense as it allows for a quick get away and helps avoid being detected. A few times while I was filming, the bugs tried to feed in a couple of places before finally settling. I believe this is what causes the "breakfast, lunch and dinner" effect. They are in a line because the bug are moves along the interface between the host and the bed.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Mar 9 2011 5:49:02
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    Just tired of paying compliments to Richard.... lol

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    Hi Richard,

    Great work again. My only suggestion is that we need a catchy sound track to go with it.

    Social media education will go a long way towards helping educate people about the problem and for it to be passed around it needs jazz as well as clarity.

    I am very tempted to start bedbugwebcam.com from the office to make sure the little darlings are always kept an eye on although it would need to come with a viewing warning.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    Richard,
    I believe the line theory, too, is due to them being lazy and feeding from substrates. Sometimes some will go right onto the skin and others stay back and hold onto the substrate. And I had posted the pictures of them feeding while resting on their backs with the proboscis outstretched. This makes for shallow feeding if they don't hold on and thrust stylets in. I'm trying to get some pictures of another feeding position and will post when I can get a good shot.
    Thank you. It always seems like the bugs prefer to feed without climbing onto the host. It makes sense as it allows for a quick get away and helps avoid being detected. A few times while I was filming, the bugs tried to feed in a couple of places before finally settling. I believe this is what causes the "breakfast, lunch and dinner" effect. They are in a line because the bug are moves along the interface between the host and the bed.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Mar 9 2011 8:11:28
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    Sorry about the mixed quote post above.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    Thanks for sharing those videos Richard. Regarding the breakfast lunch dinner line, would that mean that an individual would only get the BLD type row of bites in bed and only where the part of the body that is in contact adjacently to the bed or sofa?
    For instance, if an individual were sitting on a chair and their legs were just hanging off the chair with no contact to the chair, their legs would probably not get the three in a row type of bites?

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Sat Mar 12 2011 5:53:37
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    Hi SiNYC,

    It's unusual to get bitten sitting in a normal chair, because there aren't usually many places for the bugs to hide. If we are talking hypothetically, then you could still expect to see the BLD pattern because the bbs would walk around on your clothes until they reached some exposed skin. This could be along the top of your sock line, the neck of your t-shirt, your waste line etc. As Lou said, sometimes they do walk straight onto your skin, but sometimes they prefer to feed from a substrate. In the setup shown in the video about 6 fed by standing on the substrate for every 1 that fed by climbing onto the skin.

    R

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    Thanks for your reply Richard. Devils they are, those bbs.


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