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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).
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* The assassin bugs suck the juice of other insects with their long beaks.
Fine-scale analysis of an assassin bug's behaviour: predatory strategies to bypass the sensory systems of prey.
A pattern of host-plant preference is absent and both assassin bug species often seem to target flowering vegetation that attracts a diversity of potential prey items.
The studies have shown that a hedgerow can provide an ideal habitat for many beneficial insects, such as predatory bugs (assassin bugs and minute pirate bugs), syrphid flies, lady beetles, and parasitic wasps and flies.
Biology and behaviour of an araneophagic assassin bug, Stenolemus bituberus (Heteroptera, Reduviidae).
Species that use decoration usually cover the body first to protect their vital organs, like the larvae of many caddisfly species that build hard cases from whatever material they find, or assassin bugs who have the odd habit of carrying a shield of ant carcasses -- their number one prey -- to avoid being eaten by predators.
In assassin bugs, males also accumulate eggs from many females, like rheas.
Several species of generalist predators (e.g., lacewings, mantids, earwigs, lady beetles, assassin bugs, minute pirate bugs, big-eyed bugs and spiders) have been observed feeding on BMSB egg masses and motile stages in the field.
The pathogen is a single-celled parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted by assassin bugs. The disease is often fatal if left untreated, but it can be cured by timely treatment during the acute stage.
This exciting new exhibit features a whole range of fascinating insects and invertebrates including the mega mantis, giant prickly stick insects, blue bottle green tarantula, mombo assassin bugs, death feigning beetles, black beauty stick insects and much more.