Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Is it a bed bug


Mystery bug
Mystery bug  
Hello, my name is Phil. I live in Los Angeles. A year ago, I took this photo (see attachment) of an insect in our bedroom. We've seen 1 or 2 more of these bugs over the last year.  We've never seen the typical flat form or any other presentation. Just the one in the photo.

I've tried researching bedbugs and other similar bugs, but can't draw any conclusions. This bug seems to have three body parts, but the abdomen looks very similar to the bedbug.

We haven't had any bug bites over the year, and don't see blood stains on the bed.  Nor have i seen any carcases that resemble bedbugs.

A year ago, we took our son to the pediatrician thinking he had bedbug bites. But, the doctor said they weren't.

Anyway, we're just not sure. Can you please identify this?  
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Hi Phillip,

Thanks for the question and for including the clear photo. It is definitely not a bedbug. It looks like a termite to me, possibly a king (the fertile male termites). This is not what would have bitten your son. Do you see any damage to wood (floors, cabinets, etc.)?


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Jessica Mellinger


I can answer questions about invertebrates native to California, including insects commonly found in homes. If you have an identification request, please attach a photo to your question.


I was involved in collection and identification of invertebrates for the United States Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division for six years. Also, I provided these same services intermittently for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment for many years. I have been a member of AllExperts.com since 2009.

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I have two B.A.'s from the University of California, Davis and two Associate's degrees from Sacramento City College.

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