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Eastern Bloodsucking Conenose - Triatoma sanguisuga

Eastern Bloodsucking Conenose - Triatoma sanguisuga
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
July 13, 2004
Size: circa 20 mm
Found in the bay of a lighted car wash, quite feisty. Perhaps it was foraging for wounded insects? This is,the Eastern Bloodsucking Conenose, Triatoma sanguisuga, see comments. Chilled and posed. (They wake up from chilling quite rapidly.)

Size estimated. I do not believe I was able to get a photo next to a scale.

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Eastern Bloodsucking Conenose - Triatoma sanguisuga Eastern Blood-sucking Conenose - Triatoma sanguisuga

This is a Triatoma sanguisuga.

Thanks, references--added
Thanks, do you have any references or identification tips on this genus? I've seen checklists listing a couple of other species for this area, but no further information on keying.

Reference added to guide page:
Lent, (1979). Revision of the Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae), and their significance as vectors of Chagas' disease. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 163, article 3. Available as a 158 megabyte PDF file, linked here.

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