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Need help identifying [a: lacewing larva]

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  1. whoshoo

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Fri Sep 4 2015 17:43:51
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    This is my first post, and I have lurked and read for a while. I don't know if my whole "why I suspect bed bugs" saga belongs in this post so I'm just going to put the picture of the thing I just found crawling on me. It was light in color, with a dark center. When I trapped it on a piece of tape I accidentally pressed out some of the blood or poop or both, and it lightened considerably. Now it is stewing in its own juices.

    I know it's hard to identify a smooshed bug, but can anyone tell me what this is? With the blood still in, it looked kind of like a nymph but I think it's too large, or at least that's what I am hoping. The bug is next to the centimeter side of a ruler in the picture:

    http://i.imgur.com/qxAHxJw.jpg

    (I think this was the top, but to be honest I've lost track. The other side is basically smooth.)

    Thank you SO much for all the information on this forum.

    Sarah

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Fri Sep 4 2015 18:14:51
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    Doesn't look bed bug related to me. But I'm not a pro, so wait for an expert to tell you what it is.

    Melanie

    I am NOT an expert - just a grateful bed bug survivor willing to share my experience, strength, and hope with others.
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    Fri Sep 4 2015 20:48:05
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    Not a bed bug but I can't tell you what you've found.

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    Fri Sep 4 2015 21:27:49
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    I know it's hard to identify a smooshed bug, but can anyone tell me what this is? With the blood still in, it looked kind of like a nymph but I think it's too large, or at least that's what I am hoping.
    Not so difficult - . It's a lacewing larva (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae). The mouth parts are quite large and obviously a right and left piece, very much unlike bed bugs. These insect larvae, however, are known to impale (bite) you -- I've been "tasted" by them after one fell on me from an overhead tree branch. They're great predators, good IPM insects to have around.

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    Thank you! I had been cleaning a closet and going back and forth to the outside trash can, so it actually could have dropped from a tree branch.


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