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Family Cimicidae - Bed Bugs

Cimicidae-bat bug - Cimex adjunctus Bat or Bed Bug? - Cimex Cimex lectularius? - Cimex lectularius Bed bug or Bat bug? - Cimex Bed Bug? - Cimex lectularius Bedbug? (Cimicidae) - Cimex lectularius bug - Cimex body-lice or bed-bug or ... ? - Cimex lectularius
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.