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ID Needed (Please, Please Help! Terrified!) [a: beetle]

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  1. Bugophobe

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Sun Jun 29 2014 4:26:36
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    IMG_20140629_032814_627 by bugophobe1757, on Flickr

    I found this in my bed. I had a confirmed case of bedbugs before I moved, and multiple places were infested in my old building. I washed everything and dried it for 90 minutes on high and washed all my dishes before I brought them to the new place as well, so I am now in wait and see mode. It's been a week or so.

    Today I saw this on my sheet.

    It looks like a 1st or 2nd Instar to me, however, the head of the bug is definitely as dark as its body, and the pictures of these stages usually have pale-transparent heads. This doesn't have a pale/transparent head.

    I caught the bug and put it live in a baggie, but I don't seem to be able to take any better of a picture than this with my cellphone.

    I know it's not a great photo, but please, if you can help me I would be very grateful.

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Sun Jun 29 2014 5:00:49
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    Hi,

    The antanae shape indicate it's a beetle not a bedbug.

    Hope that helps.

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    Sun Jun 29 2014 5:53:10
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    I'm guessing the insect is only a few mm long. It's a beetle and I'd say of the family latridiidae based on the body shape and antennal morphology. There are some true bugs (members of the insect order Hemiptera in which bed bugs are classified) that have antennae that can be enlarged at the tip and are not like the antennae of bed bugs that are simple and somewhat basic.
    Too bad you took a picture far away; it would have been easier to see the insect if you could have gotten closer. The picture size is actually very large.

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