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Found in bed..lookske a little smooshed and half a body. Very dark and long antennae .my dog sleeps with us every night. help !!what is this

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Lisa:

Thank you for including the images with your question, but unfortunately they are of little help.  Not nearly enough detail.

It would appear to be some kind of beetle, and there are plenty of beetles active now that the weather is warming.  It probably flew in from outside, was carried in on your pet by accident, and/or was attracted to light at night.

I do not recognize it as any kind of potential health threat to you or your dog.  You can always take the specimen to a local expert there in New Jersey, like an entomologist at the Liberty Science Museum, say, or Princeton University, a local office of the state agriculture department, or even the public health department (vector control division would have at least one staff entomologist).

It is NOT a bed bug if that was your fear.

Eric

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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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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.

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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.

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

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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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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