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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery small flat oval grey-white insect


Phoenix, Arizona
I've never known what bug this actually is even though I've seen them here my entire life. As stated they're grey-white, small, flat, oval shaped insects with a with a clearly visible exoskeleton and antenna. They're approximately 2-3 times the size of a bed bug typically 1cm x 1/2cm.
Usually I find these bugs in very dusty areas, around rugs/carpet/etc. or dead from being trapped in glasses that have been in cabinets for long periods. They're more active during the evening time (about dusk or even later) I've observed.


Without seeing at least an image (and preferably a specimen), there is no way I can even tell you whether this is a beetle, a true bug, a cockroach, or something else.

Making identifications over the internet is hard enough with the best of evidence.  There is nothing here to help me to help you.


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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.


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