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Triatomines are insects of the Hemiptera Order, Family of Reduviidae, Subfamily of Triatominae. 

 

They are also known as kissing bugs, assassin bugs or triatomines. These insects are haematophagous all their life, i.e. nymphs and adults feed on vertebrate blood. They are mainly found and widespread in the Americas, with a few species present in Asia, Africa and Australia. These bugs usually share shelter with nesting vertebrates, from which they suck blood. In areas where Chagas disease occurs (from the southern United States to southern Argentina), all triatomine species are potential vectors of the Chagas disease parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, but only those species (such as Triatoma infestans and Rhodnius prolixus) that are well adapted to live with humans are considered important vectors.

In this website, you will find a list of all species, and numerous photos that we wish share with you, as well as interesting information about the different species. This site is in constant improvement. All person who will share photos or comments is welcome !

Please, contact us at:    stephdepickere   @   gmail.com,                  jmal1942  @  gmail.com


The authors:

Stéphanie Depickère is biologist, specialist of insects behaviour. Visit her website

José Manuel Ayala L. is an enthusiast amateur entomologist, with a lot of experience ! Visit his blog El Mundo de los Artropodos !


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