Is this a bedbug

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MikeBradley
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Is this a bedbug

#1 Post by MikeBradley » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:26 am

When I turned down the sheets on a hotel bed this morning I found this little critter, it was basically all black and 2mm long it moved across the fabric in short jerky movements, almost like a miniature robot After imaging it on my phone I crushed it, so there's no chance for further inspection and only a very poor quality image to look at! The body shape is very distinctive however and it is unlike any bedbug images I can find, but needless to say, I worry that it was. Can anyone identify what this may have been?
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Michael
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Re: Is this a bedbug

#2 Post by BramHuntingNematodes » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:33 am

this is why you always need to pack some specimen jars when you travel
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Re: Is this a bedbug

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MikeBradley
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Re: Is this a bedbug

#4 Post by MikeBradley » Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:40 am

Yes Bram, a sample vial would have been handy, they were in the car though, not the bedroom.

Don, thanks for your reassurance, it certainly doesn't look like any "bed-bug" image I've found, leaving alive the mystery of just what this creature was?
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Re: Is this a bedbug

#5 Post by Jerradin » Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:38 am

That looks a lot like a top-down view of a flea to me. The rear legs are thicker than normal, but that could be an artifact of the low-res capture. What sells it as a flea to me is the clear division of the head from the body, the placement of the eyes, and the bulge in the abdomen. That's what a flea looks like when it's had a bite to eat.

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