Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Identity of Small White Bug
Your opinion is sought as to the identity of a small white bug that was seen crawling in the afternoon on a desk in a corner office in an office building located in New York City.
The bug was very small in size and white-ish in color. The occupant photographed the bug with a cell phone camera. When the occupant thereafter tried to contain the bug by placing a small jar over it, the bug seemed to hop upward from the desk while contained in the jar. A copy of the photograph is attached. The bug was ultimately captured and enclosed in the jar.
Two previous events may bear on the analysis. First, a few hours before the sighting, the occupant brought a newly-purchased plant into the office, placing it a few feet away from where the bug was sighted. Second, several days previously, in another office on the same floor over 100 feet away, another employee received a thick file from an outside sender. When that employee opened the file, a bug emerged that seemed to have the reddish-brown appearance of an adult bedbug.
Concern exists that the whitish bug seen in the corner office might be a bed bug nymph. It has also been suggested that the bug might simply be a book louse.
Any opinions that you might be able to offer or other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your attention.
I'm going out on a limb and guessing this is a law office:). The bug in the photograph is not a bed bug nymph but I can't see enough detail to id further. It appears to be a mite, not a booklouse, and may well have fallen off the plant that was brought into the office. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html
for photos of bed bugs, the young look like adults except smaller. If you can get a closer, more detailed photo I'd be glad to take another look.