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ID Needed - nymph or booklouse or something else?

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  1. ed88

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    Hi, I found this tiny (about 1mm size) bug on my apartment and am worried it might be a bedbug nymph

    Pictures are available here https://imgur.com/a/yNZ4lxi, they are very bad quality, but hopefully someone can make something out of it. It's dead and it's legs are curled upon it's body,

    Some details I noticed:
    - about 1mm in size
    - brownish
    - striped abdomen
    - head distinguishable from body

    Thank you in advance!

  2. ed88

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Mon Aug 6 2018 4:13:55
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    Added couple of better quality photos to imgur link

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    Mon Aug 6 2018 9:12:37
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    Psocid aka book louse. Much cuter and of course it doesn't want your blood.

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    Mon Aug 6 2018 10:35:29
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    Winston O. Buggy - 1 hour ago  » 
    Psocid aka book louse. Much cuter and of course it doesn't want your blood.

    Thank you for your effort, what a relief to hear! May I ask how you identified it, since I handled poor being bit roughly and its legs and antennae aren't visible? I read here that clearly "separate" head is good indicator, but I'm still having trouble to see it, when I compare photos of booklice and bb nymphs

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    Mon Aug 6 2018 10:43:04
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    Head shape and size, the presence of a "neck" segment are both easily spotted when compared to bed bugs.

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    Thank you, you Big Dummy.
    Also because I've spent years training for just this question. Have a great day and enjoy life.

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    Thank you, you Big Dummy.
    Also because I've spent years training for just this question. Have a great day and enjoy life.

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    Mon Aug 6 2018 10:50:45
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    Ah yes, now I get it. Thank you both!

    (BB nymph picture taken from here https://bedbugger.com/2008/03/04/book-lice/)

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    I'm happy that you can see it now. One less thing to freak you out now, congrats.

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    BigDummy - 1 hour ago  » 
    Head shape and size, the presence of a "neck" segment are both easily spotted when compared to bed bugs.

    Booklice have front of head with a pronounced upper lip that bulges out. Antennae are multi-segmented, very long, thread-like. Bed bug antennae 4 segmented.

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