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i found this on my bed.  what is it?

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Dear Charlie - About all I can tell from your image is that it appears to be a small beetle. The worst case scenario is that it might be a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) such as the varied carpet beetle - see http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for detailed information on carpet beetle control. You might also try submitting this or any similar specimens to your nearest office of Cornell University's Cooperative Extension Service (see http://tinyurl.com/44uopbo for contact information) for assistance in identification as well as for any necessary control recommendations.

Hope thus helps,
Saugy

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Ed Saugstad

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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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