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kissing bug:

see assassin bugassassin bug,
common name for members of the family Reduviidae, one of the largest and most varied groups belonging to the order Hemiptera (suborder Heteroptera). Assassin bugs are generally brownish to black, medium-sized to large insects, with heads that are elongate and
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diet group (b) (%) (%) (%) Araneida 252 (26) 37 (20) 20 (11) Coleoptera 358 (38) 33 (18) 52 (28) Hymenoptera 336 (35) 106 (58) 32 (17) Lepidoptera 12 (1) 7 (4) 47 (25) Pulmonata 0 (0) 1 (0) 35 (19) Mass Mass Mass Invertebrate pitfall litter diet group (b) (%) (%) (%) Araneida 0.504 (10) 0.074 (9) 0.040 (2) Coleoptera 3.222 (65) 0.297 (36) 0.468 (29) Hymenoptera 1.008 (21) 0.318 (39) 0.096 (6) Lepidoptera 0.204 (4) 0.119 (15) 0.799 (50) Pulmonata 0.000 (0) 0.006 (1) 0.210 (13) (a) Other items in juvenile ovenbird stomachs included seeds (n = 2), small rocks (n = 2), hollow synthetic fiber fill (n = 2), and a reduviid bug (n = 1) (b) Includes only invertebrate groups present in stomach samples and ground-litter samples
cruzi is mainly transmitted by the feces of the reduviid bug (80% of human infections) (Figure 6-32).
The parasite is transmitted to humans through an infected blood transfusion or through the feces of the blood-sucking reduviid bug, locally known as "kissing" bugs, "cone-nosed" bugs, vinchuca, or barbeiro.