The Assassin Bug is a strange creature. Feasting on insects, it impales its prey using its long proboscis, sucks it dry and then wears the creature’s lifeless corpse on its back as a kind of camouflage and impromptu armour.
It doesn’t appear to pose much danger to humans at first glance, although that piercing proboscis can inflict a painful stab, with toxic venom and digestive juices sometimes being injected into the wound. Not pleasant, perhaps, but far from deadly. But consider the following.
There are more than 7,000 varieties of Assassin Bug to be found worldwide and one of them, the blood-sucking Kissing Bug, found in U.S and Mexico, is a dangerous adversary. This is a species that waits until a person is asleep, before inflicting a series of painless bites around the mouth area.
The Kissing Bug then defecates into the miniscule puncture holes — causing chagas disease, an infection that can take decades to manifest. The problems caused include chronic heart problems and sometimes worse. Strange, unpleasant and one to avoid.
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