Entomology (Study of Bugs)/What is this bug

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Bettle???
Bettle???  

Bug
Bug  
my name is Rita I live n Bakersfield,  California & I recently found this little critter crawling  on my bed where me & my 4 year old sleep. Can you please help me identify it? The color  of it is more of a dark brown, may only  appear to be  black bc of lighting. Oh and their is a slight indented line virtually down the center of his back. Thank you.

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Rita,

I'm sorry but I can't see enough detail through the tape. It does look like a beetle but again I can't see any features to id further. If you find another try to get a photo when it is alive and I'd be glad to take another look.

Jack DeAngelis

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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