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Kissing Bug AKA Conenose Bugs, Assassin Bug, Walapai Tiger.
Kissing Bug, common name for any of several large species of
true bugs that suck the blood of mammals, so called because
their favorite site of attack is on the face about the lips. These
bugs belong to an insect group found almost exclusively in the
Americas. The so-called big bed bug, or conenose, of the
southwestern United States, is a black insect, margined on the
sides of the abdomen with red. This species (about 25 mm/1 in
long) commonly bites humans, but also lives outdoors, feeding on
the blood of rodents. The South American barbeiro, or conenose,
is the principal vector of the parasite that causes Chagas'
disease, which is a form of trypanosomiasis.
Scientific classification: Kissing bugs belong to the family
Reduviidae, of the order Hemiptera. The big bed bug, or
conenose, is classified as Triatoma sanguisuga.
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