For quite some time my wife was waking up in the morning with swelling on her toes and ankles (usually around a joint) they were definitely bites. At first I thought mosquitoes because she swells up that way when she is bitten. Upon further examining we noticed a double bite mark much like spiders leave behind so I moved my theory to spiders.
Now I often sleep shirtless and one night I was woken up (I’m a light sleeper)by something walking on my back and then biting me. I swiped at my back half asleep and it went away, then I was woken up again and was pissed this time, I swatted a wide area with my hand and heard a small thud against the headboard with no further disturbance that night. I concluded by feel and sound that the culprit was approximately 1 inch long and had a farely dense body based on the sound it made on the headboard.
This morning laying on my stomach I felt I very sharp pinch and raised-up to find a small beetle waddling off. I caught the damn thing and drowned it…
My question is… why the hell is this thing coming back again and again in the night after me or my wife? Do beetles use blood for gestation or food?
Here are some pictures of the thing, they are poor quality and I have no name for this thing.
The first thing came to mind was a click beetle, but based on body type I’d say it’s built more like a stag beetle with much smaller, stream-lined pinchers.
Any helpful understanding of why this is happening or what this thing is would prove useful, thanks