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Is this a bed bug?

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  1. bugsfll77

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    Found this in a hotel room in Florida. Is this a bed bug? https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dg3rm84bi9uusb1/AACaLR3rZBdEtLlidSA09Qsla?dl=0

    Was right size, moved fast, flapped short wings (I think) but could not fly. But, it was black, and has what appear to be two small white spots on its lower back. Visible in the attached photo. Also, the shape didn't exactly match up. The bugs entire body formed an oval. Most bed bug pictures seem to have a wider lower body?

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    Tue Oct 30 2018 15:55:05
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    Cute beetle.

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    bugsfll77 - 3 hours ago  » 
    Found this in a hotel room in Florida. Is this a bed bug? https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dg3rm84bi9uusb1/AACaLR3rZBdEtLlidSA09Qsla?dl=0
    Was right size, moved fast, flapped short wings (I think) but could not fly. But, it was black, and has what appear to be two small white spots on its lower back. Visible in the attached photo. Also, the shape didn't exactly match up. The bugs entire body formed an oval. Most bed bug pictures seem to have a wider lower body?

    Male carpet beetle. Maybe Attagenus pelio. You discounted bed bugs when you spoke of obvious wings.

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    Thank you both! For the wings, this thing has short wings that did not extend its back. Do bed bugs have short wings at all? I read they have wing pads, but wasn't sure if that was the same as small wings or meant no movable wings at all?

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    There are wing covers (hardened front wings, elytra) in this beetle and folded hind wings (flight wings) underneath. Bed bug adults have short front wings formed into small pads. There are no hind wings. Nymphs, because are not adults, do not have any presence of a wing - nothing (pad) has
    not yet developed.


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