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ID Please! [a: beetle parts]

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  1. nomorebuggs

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    So, backstory. Things have bern great at my moms since I moved back. I havent pulled from storage in two months and things were feeling normal again.

    This weekend, I stayed with the guy I am dating. My first time at his place. I checked the mattress and around the boxspring (on floor, no frame) and night side table. All looked good. When I got home, my clothes went in the wash and bag and purse went into the packtite anyway, but as an afterthought. My bag was in my room for maybe 20 minutes before I decided to treat it. This was yesterday afternoon.

    This morning, I awoke to a red, itchy welt that looked like a hive on my arm. Itching subsided with a wash and cortizone, but there is still a decent sized red bump. Didnt think much of it as we have had a few mosquitos in the house and I was outside the better part of yesterday. Fast forward to this evening.

    I decided to wash my sheets. Upon pulling my comforter out of the washer, I saw this right on top of it. Sorry, it is only a fragment.

    Top, with flash

    Top, no flash

    Underside

    Top, natural light

    My mom is dead set it isnt a bb. But, the shape looks like an adult male to me. It only has 4 ridges on the top before the leg joint, and every photo of adult bbs I looked up shows 6. There is also a tiny peak in the middle where the break is visible in photo 2 that I'm not sure is consistent, but could just be from damage.

    Just looking for a possible ID, yes/no/possible bb. I saved the specimen if better photos are needed.

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Jul 9 2017 20:00:52
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    Oh no... images didnt work. Here are the links, same order.

    https://flic.kr/p/VZz5ZN

    https://flic.kr/p/VZz657

    https://flic.kr/p/VZz5Zs

    https://flic.kr/p/Wwkpd9

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    Mon Jul 10 2017 2:58:46
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    Hi,

    100% not bed bug. Its a common one:

    headless ladybug annotated by David Cain, on Flickr

    I am not saying its ladybird in this case but its the same phenomena.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Jul 10 2017 5:20:14
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    Thank you David. This is very helpful.

  5. nomorebuggs

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    Just curious if it was more the shape that tells it's not a bb, or if the number of ridges is indicative too? We live in a wooded place and get a fair share of bugs, so any identification knowledge is super valuable.

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    nomorebuggs - 44 minutes ago  » 
    Just curious if it was more the shape that tells it's not a bb, or if the number of ridges is indicative too? We live in a wooded place and get a fair share of bugs, so any identification knowledge is super valuable.

    It looks like a beetle abdomen and there are some leg parts, too. The ventral section of the adult bed bug abdomen has a membranous area and there aren't continuous abdominal segments. The beetle segments are much more sclerotized than the bed bug segments. This description pertains to many beetle species, but there are many that it does not.

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    Posted 2 years ago
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    Thanks Lou! I actually *just* self-ID'ed by chance. My cat was chasing a tiny black (carpet?) beetle so I scooped it up and squashed it. When I looked at it, the area under the wings matched this perfectly.

    I appreciate all the help!


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