I can't tell you what it is, but I have pictures!!!
The macro setting on the digital camera will allow very detailed pictures of these and other small creatures.
The little fellow looks redish in these pictures because of the halogen light when I took the pictures, but to the naked eye he looks simply like a pile of white dust!! I thought he was a ball of dust when I picked him up off the floor.
I was so happy to see that I am not the only one trying to figure out what this little dusty creature is. I have seen larger and really small ones. I just caught a small one today and I am determined to find out what it is and if it bites. Please post any findings.
Send in your pic, it takes a day or two for it to be posted... then the entomologist guy will tell you what it is. I've used it a few times and always got an answer. It's really quite fascinating to see the bug pictures people send in from all over the world.... I'm sure they'll tell you what it is.
I can't believe it. I went to the link you indicated, figures it was at the bottom of the list. It said it was called the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus), a nymph of an assassin bug from Europe that may be found indoors or outdoors. It can cause a painful bite if mishandled. Reduvius personatus (Linnaeus). Mystery solved thank you sooo much!
Yah, that bug site is pretty cool... as you found out Maryannad, there are THOUSANDS of pics that people have sent in that you can scroll through and learn about. I didn't know I had such an interest in bugs til I found myself spending way too much time looking through them! Good for you for finding this guy, like the needle in the haystack...
Yes we caught one today it looks the same as yours I have seen these before in another home I thought it was a huge dust mite visible to the naked eye! no one I showed can help me, but they seem to be in dusty places. Someone please tell me if they bite or if I need to sanitize my kids room. I looked up the assasin bug I don't see any dustresemblance or dusty appearance and I am not from Europe.
Yes, apparently they can give a painful bite. They are covered in dust and debris hence their name the masked hunter. They live here in North America even though they originate from Europe. bblazier posted a wonderful sight 3 weeks ago http://www.pestcontrolcanada.com. Once there click on pest identification photos ( under the tittle Most popular pages on the upper left side.) then scroll all the way down to the third last photo. I hope this helps. I sprayed my room because I had unknown painful bites but now all is well.