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[ID Needed] found this tiny bug on a pillow [a: spider]

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  1. manytravels

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon Jul 6 2015 18:28:51
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    here are the pics. these were the best I could capture without risking losing the bug, but I'm hopeful they are sufficient for an identification.

    http://imgur.com/a/TgKbF#0

    thank you in advance, this community is amazing.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon Jul 6 2015 18:48:07
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    loubugs - 19 seconds ago  » 
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    Lou. Thanks for the quick reply. How certain are you from the low-res photos? I know higher-res would be ideal, but they were all I could secure at the time. I have been having some bites and the bug, while extremely small (3mm or less), did appear to be either a psocid or bed bug to my eye. That said, I'll defer to your professional opinion.

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    manytravels - 57 minutes ago  » 

    loubugs - 19 seconds ago  » 
    spider

    Lou. Thanks for the quick reply. How certain are you from the low-res photos? I know higher-res would be ideal, but they were all I could secure at the time. I have been having some bites and the bug, while extremely small (3mm or less), did appear to be either a psocid or bed bug to my eye. That said, I'll defer to your professional opinion.

    bumping just to confirm that it's 100% spider. the frequency of bites have me concerned and I have searched exhaustively for other bugs.

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    Lou. Thanks for the quick reply. How certain are you from the low-res photos? I know higher-res would be ideal, but they were all I could secure at the time. I have been having some bites and the bug, while extremely small (3mm or less), did appear to be either a psocid or bed bug to my eye. That said, I'll defer to your professional opinion.
    Agreed that high res picture would be ideal and these low res images would be better if were more focused, but I see what looks like 4 pairs of legs and a grouping of eyes. A low res image if really focused can be better than a high res image that is out of focus. Do you still have the specimen?

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    Hi Lou,

    I don't still have the specimen (I was worried it would escape if I tried to keep it contained, though if it was a spider I feel a bit silly). I took your suggestion and included some photos that are not zoomed in, though the quality is still not ideal. Does this confirm your original suspicion or is this more indicative of bed bugs?

    http://imgur.com/a/1PgvL#4

    Thanks again.

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    Does this confirm your original suspicion or is this more indicative of bed bugs?
    Same. Spider.


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