Monday, March 26, 2018

Case of the Week 487

This week's case just came through my lab. The video and photos are courtesy of my excellent technical specialist, Heather Rose. Identification?


It was hard to get a still shot of this little arthropod:

7 comments:

Dwight Ferris MD said...

Cimex lectularius female bed bug

Anonymous said...

Well, this is the one that still resides with man in his bed. His cousin has taken a flight with a flying mammal, the bat. Possibly when man shared his cave dwelling with the bat, the two species shared their victims warm blood and then when Homo erectus walked away they evolved into distinct species. The two differ only by a hair.
Florida Fan

William Sears said...

Cimex lectularis most likely due to short hairs from pronotum. Not long enough to be cimex adjunctus. I recently found a happy little family of these guys on the underside of a wheelchair belonging to a homeless patient at the VA. He was given a new wheelchair and the unfortunate family of bed bugs are no longer with us.

Sheldon Campbell said...

Eew, bedbug!

Idzi P. said...

Indeed, Cimex lectularius.
Thanks Florida Fan and William Sears for the nice stories and info about its cousin!

Atiya Kausar said...

Bedbug.... Cimex lectularis

Blaine Mathison said...

Cimex lectularius; I cannot tell but I think I see an ecdysial scar on the pronotum, which would indicate it is still in a nymphal stage.