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Family Cimicidae - Bed Bugs

Common Bed Bug - Cimex lectularius Common Bed Bug - Cimex lectularius - female Cimex adjunctus-Eastern Bat Bug - Cimex adjunctus Chimney Swift Bug?  - Cimexopsis nyctalis Bed Bug? - Cimex lectularius LOUSE Nymph? - Cimex lectularius Help with identifying bed bug / bat bug / swallow bug
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Cimicoidea
Family Cimicidae (Bed Bugs)
Explanation of Names
Cimicidae Latreille 1802
15 spp. in 8 genera in our area, 110 spp. in 24 genera worldwide(1)
not yet in the guide:
Haematosiphon inodorus (Duges 1892)
4-12 mm(1)
body flat, broadly oval, wingless(1)
ectoparasites of birds and mammals; most are associated with birds & bats, only 2 spp. (Cimex lectularius and C. hemipterus) are permanently associated with humans(1)
Life Cycle
multiple generations per year
Works Cited
1.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.