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Western Conenose - Triatoma protracta - male

Western Conenose - Triatoma protracta - Male
Kernville, Kern County, California, USA
June 26, 2008

nymphs of protractans?
My kitchen was invaded by nymphs coming through cracks in the wall next to the oven range/vent or installed cupboards. I believe them to be protractans. They are brown to black and about 2mm long and have the aardvark or anteater type head. We live next to a large nature preserve on the lower San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula and there are plentiful squirrel, raccoon, wood rats, etc. The building is somewhat old and there are cracks. I sent specimens to UCR for reporting and identification. Anyone else have experience with kissing bugs in Northern California? What did you find out?

Hi, Tom. In recent correspondence with "drswanny", he referenced that your specimen is male. Just thought I'd give you a heads up that I edited your post to reflect this.


Triatoma protracta (Uhler)
The extent (or lack thereof) of connexival banding, range and pronotal coloration help narrow it down. I'll admit I cannot be 100% but I'm fairly certain and this would be a good addition to the guide.

Moved from Masked Hunter.

That beak projecting forward is the only thing I can see that might make this something else. Since I can't find a better match, I'll put it with the other Masked Hunters. Thanks Lynette.

Masked Hunter?
The one in your image doesn't seem to have the "ankle weights" that the corsair has. If this is the masked hunter it will be the first image where it holds its beak forward of its head. Look at the other images here to see what I mean.

Nice catch:-)
This is a great shot of a kissing bug in the genus Triatoma. Not sure which species are in California....

tricky one
the kissing bug usually has more orange on it, so that made this one tricky. Thanks Eric.

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