Can someone tell me what kind of insect this is? I found it hanging out on my ceiling in the living room tonight. I attempted to use a fly swatter and failed but I eventually caught it and I am just curious. I have never seen one before.

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Without knowing where you are in the world or the size of this critter, very difficult to say for sure. Based on the photo you have supplied, I would say that this is a member of the Hemiptera, a group of insects with partly membranous wings and include froghoppers, leaf hoppers and shield bugs (here in the UK).