assassin bug


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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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The assassin bugs suck the juice of other insects with their long beaks.
Assassin bug uses aggressive mimicry to lure spider prey.
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They include spined soldier bugs, lady beetles, dragonflies and assassin bugs.
Most of the insects associated with sunflowers are beneficial, ranging from those that pollinate crops to predators such as bees, wasps, and assassin bugs that may help control insect pests.
Examples of true bugs are the shield and assassin bugs.
Among the creepy crawlies will be a hissing cockroach, tarantula, stick insects, assassin bugs and a preying mantis.
Spiders (Thomisidae, Clubionidae, Salticidae, and Lycosidae) and assassin bugs (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) are the most abundant strict predators (Eubanks 1997).
Good clean food sources," says Tufts, meaning backyard bug populations that have not been doused with chemical pesticides, attract not just ladybugs and lacewings but other predators, such as the aptly-named assassin bugs.
These innocuous-looking orchard flowers lead the assault on the pecan's aphid enemies by enticing an unlikely army of lady beetles, lacewings and assassin bugs, thereby dramatically decreasing the need for spraying.
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.