Bed bugs, 16th century artwork

Bed bugs, 16th century artwork

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius), 16th century artwork. Bed bugs use a stylet (a nib-shaped structure at the tip of the head) to pierce human skin and suck blood. To mature, the bugs must suck blood at each stage of their development; they bite several times in succession, producing a number of swellings which are only usually detected after they have retreated to their daytime resting places, such as mattresses, skirting boards or tears in furniture. Woodcut from Matthioli's Commentarii sex libros Pedacii Dioscoridis, 1565 edition.

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Keywords: 16th century, animal, bed bug, cimex lectularius, historical, history, infestation, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, parasite, parasitic, wildlife, zoology

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