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Help identifying this "beetle".

 
 
Reply Sat 3 Nov, 2018 08:08 pm
I live in Southern California and have been finding these bugs in and outside of my apartment with increasing frequency for the past several months. I don't recall seeing them in previous years. My first sighting was probably a year ago or so. Today, my girlfriend killed one that flew on to her, in our living room. There seemed to be some blood around the carcass, like when you squash a mosquito. Is it the color of the viscera or our blood? Not sure. I have not found any bites on my body.

I have found one inside my bed last week. And another one on my back the week before, while I was at work. They seem to be more common in the area, of late. It's a beetle about the size of a dime, or a nickel if you include the legs. It can fly, and I've seen them around the yard. It doesn't move fast.

I'm certain it's not a bed bug, but I have no idea what it is, or whether it does feed on blood. Can anyone help identify what this is, and say whether it's a potential hazard?

Thank you!

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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 3 Nov, 2018 08:26 pm
@freedomfries323,
It's a stink bug.

I'm a member of the Facebook group, Bugspotting. When someone spots one of these buggos, the bugs don't get the same flack and vitriol and concern of bedbug finds (for obvious reasons) but they're seen as pests (at least mentioned as pests but never given much context why they are outside of agricultural reasons never stated in the Facebook posts).
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Mon 5 Nov, 2018 11:16 pm
@freedomfries323,
Sounds like it could be Ringo.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2018 01:38 am
Damn, beat me to the punch(line) . . .
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