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QUESTION: I found this bug and need to know if it is a
Booklice or bed bug.  I'm sending a pic using my iphone but can take a better pic if needed. Please help!!! Thanks!

ANSWER: Dear Sherry - Although I can tell you right off that this is not a bed bug, I cannot see enough detail to say exactly what it might be. In addition to perhaps sending a clearer image (I really need to see legs and antennae), can you tell me its approximate length and the exact circumstances where you found it?
Waiting to hear back,
Saugy

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QUESTION: Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly!  I am attaching another picture but not sure it is any better.  I found this bug in my bed (hence the reason for my anxiety).  After finding it, I stripped my bed, lifted the mattress and box spring and examined all around with a flashlight.  I saw nothing!  The bug really got me worried.  You say this bug isn't a bed bug (thank goodness!) but how could you tell? I tried comparing pictures on the Internet and it made me crazy... That's why I asked you.  Thank you for putting my mind at ease!  I'm charging my camera now so I am hoping to get you a better picture.

Sherry

ANSWER: Dear Sherry - There's just something about its overall shape and appearance that tells me it's not a bed bug. Given its condition (it appears as if it has been dead for some time), I am not surprised that you could not find an image that matched it. Hoping you can get a closer and clearer image,
Saugy

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QUESTION: These are the best pictures I am able to take with my camera.  Thank you so much for your help in identifying this bug!

Sherry

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Dear Sherry - I'm sorry, but I do not believe that I can add any more here. I realize that you have done the best you can to get a good image, but its small size and the fact that it appears to have lost most if not all its appendages renders a positive i.d. virtually impossible. About all that I can suggest at this point is that you keep your eyes open for any others and try to get a picture of a live, intact specimen if the opportunity presents itself.
Sincerely,
Saugy

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

Experience

21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Organizations
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

Publications
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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