Assassin bug

Assassin bug

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Credit: VALERIE GILES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Assassin bug (Family Reduviidae) is the large predatory insect that feeds on other insects. Some species feed on the blood of mammals. The kissing bug, for example, bites people's lips while they sleep. It transmits the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas' disease. Assassin bugs are characterised by their flexible neck joint, which makes the small head highly manoeuvrable. Folded out of sight under the head is a long proboscis. A chirping noise is made when teeth on the proboscis are rubbed against the body casing. Photographed in Ecuador.

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