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Male or female bedbug?

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  1. Matt08

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Thu Jan 23 2014 21:18:43
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    Is this a male or female bedbug? And can anyone tell whether it's been inseminated? Probably not all of its legs are there due to catching it on a piece of tape, but I think it's pretty clear. This is the only one we've found so far. Had an inspection done tonight and they only found 1 nymph and a few blood spots here and there.

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Thu Jan 23 2014 23:24:58
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    I've seen Paulo Bello (an entomologist and PCO professional) ask to see it from different sides.

    Loubugs, another famous NY entomologist, has asked the same.

    I don't see any experts on right now, they may be back during the day. Some are in Europe so they sometimes pop in before starting their workday.

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Fri Jan 24 2014 5:18:29
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    Hi,

    I would say it appears to be female but there is something really odd about it.

    The appearance is the fed or distended form and yet there is not the usual "full of blood" colouration.

    There is a product on the market in the US that reportedly causes the abdomens to extend without feeding which would account for this appearance.

    I would also grab a loop and double check the sample for closely related species as the eyes keep catching my attention and its either flirting with me or my spidey sense is hyper sensitive today.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Fri Jan 24 2014 11:56:22
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    Looks like a female but can't say anything about its mating achievements.

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Fri Jan 24 2014 12:06:28
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    Hi Lou,

    Good point about the mating, I forgot to add to know if its been busy you need an extremely good image of the underside that is in near perfect focus and then with a fair wind in a favorable direction we may be able to comment.

    David


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