KISSING BUG (TRIATOMINE BUG)
Source: James Gathany/CDC
In the early 1800’s is the first mention of this mean little critter by Charles Darwin when he was in Argentina. It was recorded in his “Journal and Remarks”, which was dated March 26, 1835, and was published as “The Voyage of the Beagle” in 1839. The entry is listed in the first source listed below, and I would recommend that you go to that website and read it.
This insect goes through incomplete metamorphosis of five phases of what is called “instars”. The fifth stage is when the adult emerges with two pairs of wings. They require a stable and sheltered environment. During the day they hide and emerge during the night to feed on their hosts, humans and anything warm blooded. While they are rather thin at the beginning of the feeding session, they are full and round when their feeding session ends.
These bugs have been sighted in Texas, and as recently as November 24, 2015, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported sighting them in Alabama and Georgia. Its official name is “Triatomine Bug”.
Not only is the fact that they suck blood from us, but also, the fact that about 60% of them carry a dangerous parasite that develops into Chagas disease.
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