This morning (a few hours after sunrise) I saw this insect running over the blanket. I'm thinking what it is, if it's a bed bug that missed feeding time and is out of schedule (as i thought that they come out just before sunrise). And I thought they were brown, too but upon research found that they could (colorwise) look similar to this one too. Also, I have not found another one of these and my wife and I both don't find any bite marks on our bodies. Our matress is packed in a plastic hull to not allow bed bugs to start living in it. What might this be? Thanks! placed on my hand when I took the picture and is maybe 3mm long

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    $\begingroup$ Doesn't look like a bed bug - they have these distinct small heads and this reddish brown oval-shaped abdomen. What it could be is a silverfish nymph (you could tell by the smooth connection between thorax and abdomen) or otherwise something from the order Zygentoma with its filaments missing. $\endgroup$
    – MaxKargin
    Aug 9, 2015 at 0:56
  • $\begingroup$ Do you have any other pictures of the insect? $\endgroup$
    – Ilan
    Aug 9, 2015 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ I googled pictures of silverfish and it does indeed look like one. The legs especially, both their orientation and count. $\endgroup$
    – AleksandrH
    Feb 17, 2016 at 1:10

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I have a doubt we can answer this question with a high level of accuracy: the sample image is very blurred, it is unclear if there are posterior/lower body elements like forceps as well as other significant features which could help with the identification.

My best guess it is baby of Earwig (2000 species): If I look at the posterior part of the body I can "see" the preliminary forceps as well as other similar features, but still the accuracy of the ID is limited.

Enhanced image:

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Baby Earwig:

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  • $\begingroup$ It's an old post that got bumped, but this is almost definitively not an earwig. Also, FYI: many insects have cerci on their posterior ends... $\endgroup$ Dec 8, 2018 at 2:16

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