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Rare BB mutation! - a macro pic for all the bug nerds out there

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  1. Richard_Naylor

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Aug 16 2011 16:28:38
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    Can anybody spot what makes this bug unusual?

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6050407265_161b0946ee_o.jpg

    Sorry, this post is only interesting if you are a REAL bug nerd!

  2. AshamedandScratching

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Aug 16 2011 17:08:43
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    This is really a hug pic of a bug. Not a macro of a bug with anything humourous photoshopped on him.

    And really if I had photoshop, that would be my addendum to this thread.

  3. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Aug 16 2011 22:55:01
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    Wonderful picture.

    The hairs show up a lot more than on most pictures I've seen. But that looks to me as though it's because this is a better picture than most. Does it have ectospermale... (um, what's the plural of spermalege?) on both sides instead of only on the right? I don't think I've ever seen a really good image of the ventral side of a BB before, so I'm not sure what's what.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Aug 16 2011 23:04:54
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    Looks to have some traits of Cimex dissimilis based on the Monograph drawings.

    What is it?

    Jim

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Aug 17 2011 4:58:01
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    Hey well done Supercal!

    You are absolutely right. It does have an ectospermalege on both sides of its abdomen. As you say, it should only have one of these on its right (the left as you look at it).

    Here is the same image with the normal ectospermalege marked in blue and the extra ectospermalege marked in red:
    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6052049105_e1098b0390_o.jpg

    For those who aren't familiar with bedbug physiology, the ectospermalege is the region of the female's abdomen where the male pierces her during traumatic insemination (mating).

    Other than that she is a regular female bedbug (C. lectularius). I agree with Jim that she looks more like C. dissimilis from the Monograph drawings though. I think that's partly because the drawing of C. lectularius in the monograph isn't very good. The legs are much too short and the ectospermalege isn't in quite the right place.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Aug 17 2011 6:31:45
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    She has two bug vaginas? Poor thing. Bed bugs don't have consent either.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Aug 17 2011 17:53:17
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    Hi Richard,

    Sorry I missed this, I will be honest and say that I was tempted to read down for a response before more than 30 seconds inspection. Good call Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

    Another amazing photographic contribution to the world of bedbugs. I will send you scan of an 1897 sepia stereo gram that arrived in the mail while I was away. Its entitled "The great American Bedbug -- A traveling Man's accommodations" and depicts the look of shock and horror as someone mistakes a tortoise for a bedbug while in bed. I will have to buy a viewer but it will be worth it.

    David

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Aug 17 2011 22:16:41
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    Nice one, Supercalif!

    Thanks, Richard, for sharing this oddity.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
  9. Impfac

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Aug 18 2011 17:18:52
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    Neat. Looking at a bed bug in such detail makes me want to puke though

  10. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Aug 18 2011 17:41:21
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    Makes me want a better camera.


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