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Possible bedbug nymph? [a: Anthocorid bug; cimicid relative]

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  1. bengston

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Can someone give me an opinion?

    I found this tiny bug crawling on my leg last night. I wasn't in bed, but was sitting on a wooden chair in my living room. It was night time, but the lights were on so this would seem like strange behavior for a bedbug, no?

    I have never had bedbugs before, at least to my knowledge. My girlfriend and I had a scare a while back and tore the house apart, but found not a single sign. That being said, we are in Brooklyn, which seems like the bedbug capital...

    Anyway, here is the image:
    fear

    Not the highest resolution, but the best I could get. Looks like it could be a 1st instar to me, but I am not entomologist.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Wed Aug 1 2012 9:39:43
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    Hi,

    Not sure what it is, don't think its native to my area but its not a bedbug.

    To get that extended body shape it would have to be fed if it were a bedbug and in which case there would be blood meal visible in the digestive track which there isn't.

    Hopefully a seasoned entomologist will be along shortly to give a diagnosis.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Wed Aug 1 2012 9:50:15
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    Glad to hear that! I wasn't sure and would have asked myself if I found it.

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    Could it possibly be a flea? Just wondering because there are cats in the apartment below us, and it is always possible that we could have mice.

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    Not a flea.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Anthocorid bug (nymph), a cimicid relative. Some will bite or taste you, but are predaceous on insects, mites, eggs, etc.
    Can't be a flea, wrong body morphology.

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    loubugs - 5 minutes ago  » 
    Anthocorid bug (nymph), a cimicid relative. Some will bite or taste you, but are predaceous on insects, mites, eggs, etc.

    You never stop amazing me, Lou!

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    Nobugsonme - 49 seconds ago  » 

    loubugs - 5 minutes ago  » 
    Anthocorid bug (nymph), a cimicid relative. Some will bite or taste you, but are predaceous on insects, mites, eggs, etc.

    You never stop amazing me, Lou!

    Seriously. If I'd have found that, I'd have gotten the ziplocks out and fired up my packtite, just in case.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    This seems relieving!

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    Me too.

    This is why expert bug IDs are needed.

    And thanks to David too-- for pointing out it wasn't a bed bug, before anyone else raised an alarm.

    AshamedandScratching - 40 seconds ago  » 

    Seriously. If I'd have found that, I'd have gotten the ziplocks out and fired up my packtite, just in case.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    I would have said Minute Pirate Bug. What are the differences with the two Lou?

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    Anthocoridae -- one common name is minute pirate bugs. I referred to the family by calling it an anthocorid.


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