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Bug ID Please. [Expert ID needed, partial sample]

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  1. AbsolutelyFreaking

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue Oct 23 2012 8:11:23
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    Just when I started to take a few baby steps back from the edge of the ledge. I found this last night on my laundry room floor after doing laundry all night. I either stepped on it or it went through the dryer. It is just the body but I was hoping someone could maybe ID it from the body shape, size and lines on it? It looked like the right size to me? Please let me know what you think. (Oh, and then, of course, woke up with two "bites" this morning.)

    The first two I did for "scale" and the last two I tried to enlarge:


    scale1 by picture account2012, on Flickr


    scale2 by picture account2012, on Flickr


    Enlarge2 by picture account2012, on Flickr


    Enlarge2 by picture account2012, on Flickr

  2. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue Oct 23 2012 10:05:53
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    AF,
    I changed your title slightly to attract the right kind of responses.

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

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue Oct 23 2012 15:09:10
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    It doesn't look like a bed bug although superficially it hints at it. It's missing a head.

    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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    Tue Oct 23 2012 15:14:47
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    Thank you! But just to verify . . . you don't believe it is although it superficially looks a little like one? Or can't tell because the head is missing? 90% no 10% maybe????

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue Oct 23 2012 15:53:04
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    Color is wrong based on the pic but the missing parts would confirm 100%.

    General shape is similar but that isn't confirmation. A beheaded, wingless ladybug carcass looks a lot like a BB too because of the general shape.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue Oct 23 2012 16:58:13
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    Thank you also! The side to side lines on the bottom of it is what is freaking me out. But does the line going down the back kinda dividing it half way down mean anything either way? I did look at pictures on line over and over (yuck) and I didnt see any with what I would call the up and down line? Could that be the underside of it with that line?

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Wed Oct 24 2012 0:01:46
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    Dear abs,

    Hmmm, the longitudinal invagination I see on the left doesn't make sense.

    Color is close but not a reliable indicator.

    No appendages.

    No head, mouthparts, antennae, etc. to help with the ID.

    Not much to go on here.

    As such, and no guaranties here; you could have a roach abdomen, maybe but I really doubt it a bed bug abdomen, or maybe, and I'm prepared to go with this one, a booger ! If you've ever coached a pre-school soccer team, you've got the experience necessary for such an astute observation.

    Actually, you have apiece of an insect but not enough to ID based upon these photos alone, sorry !

    paul b.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Wed Oct 24 2012 8:32:31
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    Thanks! But can't we all just agree that it is 100% NOT a bed bug PLEASE!!!! Just kidding on that. Ok, so not red alert, still just amber alert?


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