Ecological adaptive featurs of Hunter Reduviids
(Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Reduviinae) and their biological control.
The arthropods inhabiting these microhabitats may serve as prey for predatory insects like reduviids
. The finding of a late instar nymph together with adults in palms more >3 m tall, suggests that feeding of P.
cruzi replicates in the gut of the reduviid
bug and is said to undergo posterior station development.
Since other possible predators were only occasionally found on these flowers (small nabid, reduviid
, and phymatid bugs) I do not consider them further.
It was unknown in America until recently, but common south of the border where the reduviid
The disease is transmitted to humans through the bite wound of reduviid
bugs (triatomids, kissing bugs, or conenose bugs).
Development and interactions of Trypanosoma rangeli in and with reduviid
bug Rhodnius prolixus.
2000), plus the genus Pimeliaphilus, whose few members are parasites of cockroaches, reduviid
bugs or scorpions (Beer 1960; Newell & Rychman 1966).
The parasite is transmitted to humans through an infected blood transfusion or through the feces of the blood-sucking reduviid
bug, locally known as "kissing" bugs, "cone-nosed" bugs, vinchuca, or barbeiro.
bugs, or "kissing bugs" live in cracks and holes of substandard housing found in South and Central America.
bugs also produce defensive stridulations, though at low frequencies, ~2 kHz, and are transmitted as substrateborne vibrations (Schilman et al.