Monday, March 14, 2016

Case of the Week 389

This week's case was generously donated by Dr. Eric Rosenbaum who received the following in his laboratory. Identification?



10 comments:

Tom in AZ said...

Clarification: only the insect, or the finger with the insect attached? ;)

Anonymous said...

bedbug

Anonymous said...

Well, I wonder where the patient has been bedding? Nice case of bed bug Cimex lectularius. These pesky creatures not only infest beds, hiding in the cracks and crevices, they also can hide during day time in the cracks of cement walls such as those of prisons too and come out at night time to feed on their victims.

Florida Fan

Khalid Elfeel said...

Bed Bug

Anonymous said...

I concur, Bed Bug.

It is important to differentiate Human Bed Bugs from Bat Bed Bugs. They are very closely related and appear very similar. Bat Bed Bugs will feed on humans if they become separated from their usual bat hosts. Bat Bed Bugs have longer pronotum, or "fur" on their head and "cheeks".

Also of note, Bed Bugs are true Bugs belonging to the order Hemiptera. Therefore, the common convention is to spell Bed Bug as two words, instead of "Bedbug" one word. Another example: the "house fly" is really a fly, but a "firefly" is really a beetle so it is spelled as one word. Same thing with "Ladybug", it is not a true "bug - Hemiptera" but a beetle so it is spelled as one word.

~Michigan Micro

Anonymous said...

Bedbug

Anonymous said...

Bed Bug, hairs are shorter than the width of the eye.

Lee

Anonymous said...

hi Bobbi,

a few weeks ago we had case of a birdflee, If you want I can send you the picture of it.
please mail me.

Regards,

Hans Naus

Hansnaus3@gmail.com

William Sears said...

Bat bug

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to all of us who knew what this was immediately... The dreaded "B.B." I stumbled to this page while looking for graphics for an academic presentation. Amazing photography!!