We just arrived in a place where a lot of people were living before.

This is what we found on the mattress and we are curious to see if this is a bedbug, or some harmless species; To know if we go out right away or not :)

Location: Poland. ; Size: ~13mm long

unknown insect

Here is a photo with a measuring tape next to it:

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    $\begingroup$ Does this answer your question? Insect identification - Is this a bedbug? $\endgroup$
    – tyersome
    Dec 23, 2019 at 20:04
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    $\begingroup$ Have you tried searching on this site for "bedbug" — there are several very good answers already posted that should put your mind at ease ... $\endgroup$
    – tyersome
    Dec 23, 2019 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ The shape looks different but, not knowing anything about bugs, I have seen a variety of pictures online with different shapes, etc so I would feel at peace confirming what it is :) $\endgroup$
    – Thomas
    Dec 23, 2019 at 20:07
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, the different shapes you've seen online are just insects being misidentified as bedbugs. In my experience, bedbugs are one of the most often misidentified species on the internet. Bedbugs have 1 of 2 consistent shapes (hungry vs full), both of which are demonstrated in the post Insect identification - Is this a bedbug? $\endgroup$ Dec 23, 2019 at 22:49
  • $\begingroup$ Since it's clear you still have the specimen, could you try taking a clearer picture under any type of magnification? $\endgroup$ Dec 24, 2019 at 0:12

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This is not a bedbug. This is a hemipteran called a leaf-footed bug in the Coreidae family. (Note: bedbugs are also in the order Hemiptera, but in a different family).

Species similar to yours found in Poland include Coreus marginatus (or "dock bug"), which [according to Wikipedia], is found throughout Europe.

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Adult male and nymph shown from dorsal and ventral views. Source: Wikipedia

C. marginatus is typically 13-15 mm long (which matches your updated length) and has a widened abdomen as does your specimen. Additionally, the antenna of C. marginatus is typically red-orange with black ends (as is also seen in your specimen). A more complete description from Wikipedia:

The head, pronotum and abdomen of an adult dock bug are speckled reddish brown. The antennae are composed of four segments, red-orange in colour except for the final fourth segment which is black. Between the antennae are two small projections, known as antenniferous tubercles, which can be used to distinguish this species from other superficially similar species.[6] The pronotum has angular upward facing projections and the scutellum is clearly visible. The rounded edge of the abdomen has lighter coloured markings. Adults are between 13 and 15 mm long and males are typically smaller than females but have longer antennae.

See here for an additional picture showing a specimen with less prominent abdominal markings as in your specimen.

C. marginitus tends to be found in thick vegetation, so unless you've bee around hedgerows, wasteland, or other densely-vegetated areas, it's possible you have some other closely related species.

I haven't been able to find a better matching specimen, though it seems likely I have only gotten you to the right family without being certain of the genus or species. I'll update if I can find more info...


  • Your specimen does not appear to be another common hemipteran found in Poland: Leptoglossus occidentalis, which is native to the western United States but has invaded Poland for over 10 years [Surce: Lis et al. (2008)1]

  • You can find a guide to this family of insects (with pictures) for the neotropics (not immediately useful to you, but a good resource) by Fernandes et al. (2015)2

1 Lis, J.A., Lis, B. and Gubernator, J., 2008. Will the invasive western conifer seed bug Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae) seize all of Europe?. Zootaxa, 1740(1), pp.66-68.

2. Fernandes J.A.M., Mitchell P.L., Livermore L., Nikunlassi M. (2015) Leaf-Footed Bugs (Coreidae). In: Panizzi A., Grazia J. (eds) True Bugs (Heteroptera) of the Neotropics. Entomology in Focus, vol 2. Springer, Dordrecht


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