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405 Views 4 Replies Last post: Apr 9, 2014 9:26 AM by bombuslucorum - Museum ID team RSS
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Apr 9, 2014 12:53 AM

Bug found in bed

Hi everyone,

 

I just found the bug pictured below running up my arm while I was relaxing in bed. Not so relaxed any more! It is roughly 4-5mm in length and is black/grey in colour.


Can anyone help me out?

 

Thanks,
Rachel

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    Apr 9, 2014 6:29 AM (in response to Rachel)
    Re: Bug found in bed

    Probably a beetle, going on what I can see of the body, head and antennae.

    But we would need better photos to make a better ID.

     

    If there was only one of them, I wouldn't worry. If it was a beetle, they have no sting and even the most aggressive take a lot of provoking before they'll give you a nip with their mandibles. And I am sure this is not one of the more aggressive ones.

     

    Mike

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    Apr 9, 2014 9:26 AM (in response to Rachel)
    Re: Bug found in bed

    I'm with Mike, a beetle, and looks like a bruchid (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) from what I can see. These are commonly known as 'Seed beetles' are many species are pests of stored pulses so it may be worth checking store cupboards for holes in dried beans/peas. That said they are out there in the environment so may just be an odd one flown in through an open window - such are the joys of spring.

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