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  1. death2allbedbugs

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    Is this a bed bug or bed bug related...?

    I found this specimen about two feet from my bed.

    Please see all included photos, including one negative.

    My camera is not very good, so I took multiple pictures to account for slight variations in image quality.

    If not a bed bug specimen, is it an anthocorid or varied carpet beetle perhaps?

    I'm not quite sure what to make of it, even with a magnifying glass.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Not a beetle. Looks like a bug, possibly bed bug. I can't say with certainty from the pictures.

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    Crap... I've seen quite a few pictures on the web of bedbugs, but none quite like this; where it looked like a bug had moulted and the exoskeleton(?) just sort of split open, almost symmetrically. Any chance that those are wing parts?

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    death2allbedbugs - 2 hours ago  » 
    Crap... I've seen quite a few pictures on the web of bedbugs, but none quite like this; where it looked like a bug had moulted and the exoskeleton(?) just sort of split open, almost symmetrically. Any chance that those are wing parts?

    What's the plastic-looking stuff? They're not wings.

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    loubugs - 22 minutes ago  » 

    death2allbedbugs - 2 hours ago  » 
    Crap... I've seen quite a few pictures on the web of bedbugs, but none quite like this; where it looked like a bug had moulted and the exoskeleton(?) just sort of split open, almost symmetrically. Any chance that those are wing parts?

    What's the plastic-looking stuff? They're not wings.

    Honestly, I'm not too sure. That's kind of what I was referring to. I thought maybe you'd know if it was a part of the insect, or not. But I found the specimen just like that, and was afraid to tinker with it, for fear that I would ruin it.

    It doesn't show well in the pictures, but when I try looking at it with my magnifying glass, the "plastic looking stuff" has what appear to be the typical horizontal stripes that you will find on many insects. They are dark, but faint.

    In your opinion, would that be indicative of an insect's exoskeleton, if say maybe it had just moulted?

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    loubugs - 36 minutes ago  » 

    death2allbedbugs - 2 hours ago  » 
    Crap... I've seen quite a few pictures on the web of bedbugs, but none quite like this; where it looked like a bug had moulted and the exoskeleton(?) just sort of split open, almost symmetrically. Any chance that those are wing parts?

    What's the plastic-looking stuff? They're not wings.

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    Also, if you zoom in on pictures 5, 6, and 8 I think you'll see what I mean.

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
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    New pictures with improved lighting

    *** HERE ***

    You will probably need to zoom in a bit more. Hope this helps!

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    death2allbedbugs - 58 minutes ago  » 
    New pictures with improved lighting
    You will probably need to zoom in a bit more. Hope this helps!

    Better, but I can't make out more. Pictures are clearer, but hard to see insect due to the weird material.

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    loubugs - 2 minutes ago  » 

    death2allbedbugs - 58 minutes ago  » 
    New pictures with improved lighting
    You will probably need to zoom in a bit more. Hope this helps!

    Better, but I can't make out more. Pictures are clearer, but hard to see insect due to the weird material.

    Do bedbugs ever shed their skin or exoskeletons like that? Because it really seems to be affixed to the insect. Can you try to zoom in on it?

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    death2allbedbugs - 16 hours ago  » 

    loubugs - 2 minutes ago  » 

    death2allbedbugs - 58 minutes ago  » 
    New pictures with improved lighting
    You will probably need to zoom in a bit more. Hope this helps!

    Better, but I can't make out more. Pictures are clearer, but hard to see insect due to the weird material.

    Do bedbugs ever shed their skin or exoskeletons like that? Because it really seems to be affixed to the insect. Can you try to zoom in on it?

    No, never. Zoomed in, but clarity drops out. Here is a close-up of shed skins.
    3 shed skins of 5th instar bed bug nymphs by louento.pix, on Flickr

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    No, never. Zoomed in, but clarity drops out. Here is a close-up of shed skins.
    3 shed skins of 5th instar bed bug nymphs by louento.pix, on Flickr

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    Hey Lou, thanks for the swift response. I appreciate the patience you have. Anyway, I've seen that image before. I actually referred to the gallery you linked me to a number of months ago.

    So when I found my latest specimen, and checked your pictures, I was baffled, and decided to come here.

    So if what I have here is in fact not an exoskeleton, but maybe a bedbug (dead), I have no idea why it would look like that, let alone how it got there.

    Would a squashed bedbug look like that, or do those tend to crumble/break apart? I don't want to waste your time, or anyone else's for that matter.

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    death2allbedbugs - 8 hours ago  » 

    No, never. Zoomed in, but clarity drops out. Here is a close-up of shed skins.

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    Hey Lou, thanks for the swift response. I appreciate the patience you have. Anyway, I've seen that image before. I actually referred to the gallery you linked me to a number of months ago.
    So when I found my latest specimen, and checked your pictures, I was baffled, and decided to come here.
    So if what I have here is in fact not an exoskeleton, but maybe a bedbug (dead), I have no idea why it would look like that, let alone how it got there.
    Would a squashed bedbug look like that, or do those tend to crumble/break apart? I don't want to waste your time, or anyone else's for that matter.

    It's a strange material stuck on it. I don't know what it is. Dried, dead bed bugs can break apart.

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    It's a strange material stuck on it. I don't know what it is. Dried, dead bed bugs can break apart.

    This might seem a bit odd, but is there any way that I could possibly send this to you in the mail, for further analysis?

    If so, how long would it take to get an ID and hear back from you once you have it?

    Thank you!

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    death2allbedbugs - 8 hours ago  » 

    It's a strange material stuck on it. I don't know what it is. Dried, dead bed bugs can break apart.

    This might seem a bit odd, but is there any way that I could possibly send this to you in the mail, for further analysis?
    If so, how long would it take to get an ID and hear back from you once you have it?
    Thank you!

    Sure. You can send it. I'll give you the address.


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