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Bed Bug adult
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Bed Bug - adult
See also: larva | damage

Scientific Name: Cimicidae: Cimex lectularius

Status: blood-feeding pest of people

Damaging Stage: nymph and adult

Biology: Bed bugs are red-brown insects that are only 1/5 inch long. A bed bug is flattened, oval, and wingless, and its abdomen has a banded appearance. Females lay one to two eggs each day in secluded areas.

Immature bed bugs are similar to adults but much smaller. They are usually colorless, except immediately after feeding, when they turn a purple-red color.