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as·sas·sin bug

an insect of the family Reduviidae (order Hemiptera) that inflicts irritating, painful bites in animals and humans; related to the cone-nosed bugs (triatomines), a vector of American trypanosomiasis.
[Fr., fr. It. assassino, fr. Ar. hashshāshin, those addicted to hashish]

assassin bug

n.
Any of various predatory insects of the family Reduviidae, having a short stout beak used to prey on other insects or, in certain genera, to suck blood from mammals. Also called reduviid.
Any of the cone-nosed arthropods of the hemipteran family Reduviidae, order Hymenoptera, which includes true bugs, the trivial name refers to their insect predatory activity; those of the subfamily Triamtominae are vectors for Trypanosoma cruzi—Chaga’s disease agent

assassin bug

Any of the cone-nosed arthropods of the hemipteran family Reduviidae, order Hymenoptera, which includes true bugs, the trivial name refers to their insect predatory activity; those of the subfamily Triamtominae are vectors for Trypanosoma cruzi–Chagas' disease agent

as·sas·sin bug

(ă-sas'in bŭg)
An insect of the family Reduviidae that inflicts irritating, painful bites in animals and humans; related to the cone-nosed bugs (triatomines), a vector of American trypanosomiasis.
[Fr., fr. It. assassino, fr. Ar. hashshāshin, those addicted to hashish]

assassin bug

A blood-sucking insect of the family Reduviidae . The insect transmitter of South American Trypanosomiasis (CHAGAS' DISEASE).

assassin bug

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With around 90 genera and almost 1,000 described species (Maldonaldo, 1990; Reidi, 2007), the Emesinae are a cosmopolitan subfamily of assassin bug (Heteroptera: Reduviidae), characterised by their elongate and gracile body, legs, and antennae.
The male assassin bug sacrifices some of his offspring during his vigil, says Manica.
Both the videotape and the posters revealed their accurate understanding of the physical attributes and behaviors of the assassin bug.
There are some reports that crab spiders and assassin bugs drink nectar (e.
Prey capture in the wild usually occurs on vegetation, and frequently, the assassin bugs remain rather exposed during capture and feeding (C.
BugWorld is the only place in Europe where you can see the likes of death stalker scorpions, giant centipedes, assassin bugs and the stunning Gooty ornamental spider.
London, Feb 14 (ANI): A new study by scientists in Australia has shown that assassin bugs stalk their victim on its home territory, or lure it away and eat it.
Assassin bugs were introduced from Europe, where they had gained a reputation as predators of bedbugs, which were a rampant problem in the Old World; their disguise as dustballs while developing as nymphs render assassin bugs less apparent.
These single-celled protozoa get shuttled among people and animals by several species of insects called kissing bugs or assassin bugs.
Many birds, frogs, lizards, spiders, and insects (including wasps, damsel bugs, assassin bugs, big-eyed bugs, minute pirate bugs, soldier bugs, and predatory ground beetles) feed on insect pests.
Other displays will be home to stonefish - considered to be one of the marine world's most lethal fish, the eyelash viper and white lipped tree viper, scorpions, giant tarantulas, golden web-spinning spiders, assassin bugs and a whole host of other venomous creatures.