Entomology (Study of Bugs)/bug? beetle?

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Hi Nathan,

I live in Long Beach, CA. I asked Eric Eaton but he wasn't sure what this is. I'm not sure if this came from my desk fan or where it came from for
that matter but it was sitting as you see it on my laptop and about the size of a gnat. Any idea
what this is?

Thank you,
Steve

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This might be a Big-Eyed Bug, which is a predator on other insects.  The detail on the pictures is a little sketchy, but that's my best guess.  Their wings are usually folded under and neatly on their backs.  Since this one is dead, it just looks different.

Do a search for Big-Eyed Bug and see what you get.

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Nathan Riggs

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I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at www.facebook.com/groups/antmans.hill/.

Experience

22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

Publications
Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

Education/Credentials
BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

Awards and Honors
2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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