info on Reduviidae (assassin bugs)
psilsbee at ccwf.cc.utexas.edu
Wed Apr 15 21:41:55 EST 1992
I am looking for ANY information on the insect family Reduviidae,
also known as assassin bugs. Mostly I am interested in those species
which are known or suspected to bite humans, and especially those
whose bite can cause allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). I would like
to have the
following questions answered about these species:
1) What is their geographic distribution? (in particular, are there
any present in the Sierra Nevada? at what altitudes?)
2) What is their lifecycle? When does their population peak?
3) Do the various species which cause severe reactions in humans
all have similar or identical toxins, or do these vary widely?
4) Any information on the treatment of Reduviidae-bite sensitivity
would also be appreciated.
Obviously, this is not an abstract interest... Apologies if these are
not appropriate groups for this query, I didn't see any bionet.entymology.
I will try to read these groups regularly but would prefer replies by
Thanks in advance,
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