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  1. psychologically_messed_up

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Sun Sep 17 2017 16:35:52
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    So, it's not over after all. A month has gone quietly by with no bites or sightings... then boom- this jerk appears.

    I'm curious if one of our pros can tell me stage of life and male/female?

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Sun Sep 17 2017 17:32:23
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    Adult male would be my guess

    I'm not an expert. Just sharing what I learned from my experience.
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    Posted 1 year ago
    Sun Sep 17 2017 18:16:08
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    I, too thought male.... the age/stage threw me though. It's VERY small, smaller than other adults I've found, but has the dark coloring... runt of the litter? Lol

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    Sun Sep 17 2017 19:24:01
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    It could be rrcently fed 5th instar too. Hopefully Lou chimes in. Its so dark but who knows.

    Ps im sorry they're still around but it could be a straggler. Was it moving fast? Or was it easy to catch?

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    bedbugsbugme - 2 hours ago  » 
    It could be rrcently fed 5th instar too. Hopefully Lou chimes in. Its so dark but who knows.
    Ps im sorry they're still around but it could be a straggler. Was it moving fast? Or was it easy to catch?

    It didn't move at all until I sprayed it with alcohol- then it's front set of legs went crazy for about 10 seconds. After that, it was done. I saw it in the crease of a chair, and shone a torch light on it, and even then it was still.

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    bedbugsbugme - 6 hours ago  » 
    It could be rrcently fed 5th instar too. Hopefully Lou chimes in. Its so dark but who knows.
    Ps im sorry they're still around but it could be a straggler. Was it moving fast? Or was it easy to catch?

    Adult male. Can't be any nymph stage because wings (hemelytral pads) are visible. The rear of the bug has the male characteristic. There is variation in the size of adults.

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