assassin bug


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to assassin bug: kissing bug

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

References in periodicals archive ?
The assassin bugs suck the juice of other insects with their long beaks.
Feeding-behavior of an assassin bug, Zelus renardii (Hemiptera-Reduviidae).
Surface morphology of legs in the assassin bug Zelus longipes (Hemiptera: Reduviidae): A scanning electron microscopy study with an emphasis on hairs and pores.
Assassin bug uses aggressive mimicry to lure spider prey.
New and little-known thread-legged assassin bugs from Australia and New Guinea (Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Emesinae).
For the study, Anne Wignall at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and colleagues placed assassin bugs on the webs of five species of spider and watched the drama unfold.
The study also showed that assassin bugs pause to tap their prey with their antennae before killing them.
Goldenrod, which I had always considered a weed, attracts soldier bugs and assassin bugs.
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.
The presence of predators in nature such as spiders, assassin bugs, and lizards could result in a lower survivorship for animals with longer development time (Calef 1973; Pastorok 1981; Caswell 1983; Doughty & Roberts 2003).