Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery Bug


I found a small flea size bug that had clear wings in my room. I live in Missouri and have never seen these bugs before. I am afraid to go in my room since I don't know what they are and I don't want them any where else in my house.


Without at least a clear image (and preferably an actual specimen) to examine, it would be irresponsible of me to offer an identification.

I'm sorry, but such a vague description eliminates only a few suspects from the list.

I would recommend catching a specimen or two and taking it to a local entomologist at a natural history museum, university (U of Mizzou has an entomology department), state department of agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service agent (County Extension Agent, usually located in the county seat), or even the public health department (vector control division will have at least one staff entomologist).  He or she can then put the specimen under a microscope and give an accurate ID.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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