Bug Bites

Wheel Bug

Last night I was discussing bug bites with some colleagues and the ability to detect the bite. The consensus was that bites of the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, are painless and undetectable. The bites of Cimex hemipterus were slightly easier to detect but painless. A painless, difficult to detect bite is an advantage for a parasite that must drink blood meals from live hosts. Predaceous bugs such as the wheel bug do not normally bite humans and there is no advantage to a…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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