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Rhodnius prolixus
Photo: Thierry Heger

The kissing bug, Rodnius prolixus, feeds on the blood of mammals including humans. It is called the kissing bug after its habit of feeding on saliva. Rhodnius requires a blood meal in each immature stage. Laboratory studies of Rhodnius have elucidated some of its feeding secrets. How does a bug decide whether or not to feed?

Rhodnius has a sucking tube that it can use to sip saliva from the skin surface or stick into the skin to drink blood. It will also…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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