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Sexing a Bloodsucking Conenose Bug (dorsal) - Triatoma rubida - male

Sexing a Bloodsucking Conenose Bug (dorsal) - Triatoma rubida - Male
Tonopah Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
April 27, 2015
Size: 19mm
These are images of a male Assassin Bug called a Bloodsucking Conenose, Tratoma rubida, with asymmetric forelegs. I'm including extra crops of him, including close ups of his legs and ventrals of his abdomen, in case something is important enough to see there. His right foreleg is shorter and lighter in color than the left one. I'm not sure why. Is it possible for them to regrow a damaged leg?

SEX:
Sexing these bugs is relatively simple, as long as you can clearly see the tip and shape of the abdomen.
Female = pointy tips that extend (∼ 1mm) beyond wing apex
Male = blunt tip that does not extend beyond wing apex
Please refer to the comment below, for some example images of the females that I will add links to.
Here are images of a female, submitted by Salvidor Vitanza: ♀

Images of this individual: tag all
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Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Looks like T. rubida
I saw them not uncommonly when I lived in Phoenix and Tempe.

 
Male!
Blaine, do yo know if the sexing information is correct? That is the most important thing to consider now. Should I frass something unimportant, since there are so many images?
Thanks for your help!

Example Images
Here are a few images of females, including one female, voucher specimen, provided by Margarethe Brummermann. (first image) Thanks Margarethe!



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