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  1. dude

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    if anyone can help ID this bug that would be great

    found it at work and looked like a bedbug

    http://imgur.com/a/3ZZyNkY

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    Tue Oct 29 2019 11:19:06
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    Hi,

    100% not a bedbug. Once you appreciate what to look for it actually looks nothing like a bedbugs beyond 6 legs. The reality is that you need to keep a calm mind in order to see the detail and that once people start to panic everything starts to look like it might be a bedbug.

    The only solution is education and understanding.

    Hope that helps.

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    What part of that looks like a bed bug to you? I can break it down if you tell me your concerns.

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    Tue Oct 29 2019 11:39:29
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    it has no neck, its flat oval body and the lines on the abdomen all look similar to bed bugs

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    Okay, I can work with that.

    Look at the size and shape of the head. Also compare the antennae. Many insects appear to have little to no "neck," check out some beetles and you will see.
    The segmenting on your sample's abdomen is different than that of a bed bug, but the difference isn't drastic enough for most folks to be able to pick out right away, so I'll skip the comparison. It may be easier for you to just keep in mind that a segmented abdomen is a fairly common trait, not limited to bed bugs or close relatives.
    And look at those legs. Your sample's legs look pretty well built, long and powerful. Compared to a bed bug these legs are different in length, overall design and thickness.

    Hope that helps.

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    The pictures aren't high enough resolution and have been zoomed in so not as clear as can be. I thought was another true bug at first, maybe an outdoor species, but further examination of other pictures makes me think phorid fly, one that has recently eclosed from the pupal stage.

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    thanks lou.

    I actually caught the bug but squished it by accident when trying to catch it. after seeing it had wings I felt a sigh of relief.

    I know bed bugs dont fly but do they have wings or something that resembles wings?

    http://imgur.com/a/81uwTMp

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    Tue Oct 29 2019 15:59:51
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    dude - 39 minutes ago  » 
    thanks lou.
    I actually caught the bug but squished it by accident when trying to catch it. after seeing it had wings I felt a sigh of relief.
    I know bed bugs dont fly but do they have wings or something that resembles wings?
    http://imgur.com/a/81uwTMp

    They have wing plates, but those don‘t resemble wings at all. The insect in the picture has clearly real wings and hasn‘t any resemblance with a bb at all.

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    what was weird though was that it didnt even try to fly. it was just running around on the door. even when I was trying to catch it, it was not flying


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