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Could you let me know what kind of bug this is?


All that I can tell from the image is that the insect is a "true bug" in the order Hemiptera, and apparently a nymph (immature, juvenile, "baby").

It would help immensely if you told me WHERE in California you are located, whether the insect was indoors or outside, and what kind of habitat surrounds you.

I have a suspicion this may be a blood-feeding insect, but I need to know much more (see previous paragraph).  Also, do you have wood rats ("pack rats") in the area?


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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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