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Your Small Living Creature Pictures May Benefit Big Science
2013-07-30 10:02:05

Pensoft Publishers Modern digital macro photographic equipment allows everybody to shoot marvelous pictures of very small-sized living organisms, including insects. Easy access to the internet facilitates allows the daily upload of thousands of high quality insect pictures to photo sharing websites. This new phenomenon can be considered a democratic revolution in the study of biodiversity. Insect macro-photographs may be useful to illustrate online visual guides and identification keys ,...

Filling In Evolution Of Assassin Bugs
2012-10-26 11:45:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Assassin bugs have always lived alongside humans, with some blood-sucking species biting humans around the mouth–earning them the moniker kissing bugs. Despite their proximity and notoriety among humans, the bugs´ known evolutionary history is rather erratic–with few historical fossils and incomplete data. Using molecular, paleontological, behavioral and ecological analyses, two entomologists at the University of...

Image 1 - Chagas Disease May Be A Threat In South Texas
2011-10-06 11:15:40

Epidemiological maps suggest South Texas, in particular, is an area of high risk for infection Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, may be more widespread in Texas than previously thought, according to research from The University of Texas at Austin. "We've been studying this for four years now, and this year the number of disease-causing insects is quite amazing," says Sahotra Sarkar, professor of integrative...

2010-07-12 13:43:19

Researchers propose new ways to combat prevalent public health challenge Chagas disease, for example, is caused by a parasite that roams with only limited control among the rural poor in Latin America. The main vector for the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi is the triatomine insect, or "kissing bug," which thrives in the nooks and crannies of mud-brick dwellings. The bug sucks the blood of mammals, helping T. cruzi move between wildlife, cats, dogs and humans. "Dogs tend to lie on porches or other...

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2010-04-29 10:33:55

It makes your skin crawl"”a bug that crawls onto your lips while you sleep, drawn by the exhaled carbon dioxide, numbs your skin, bites, then gorges on your blood. And if that's not insult enough, it promptly defecates on the wound-and passes on a potentially deadly disease. Now Jean-Paul Paluzzi, a PhD candidate in biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, believes that manipulating physiology to prevent the insects from leaving their messy calling card represents the best hope...

2009-12-16 00:10:52

New research shows how the migration and settlement patterns associated with the rapid urbanization of Peru may link to Chagas disease transmission. The study, published December 15 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, suggests that the practice of shantytown residents from Arequipa making frequent seasonal moves to rural valleys where Chagas vectors are present may have contributed to the growing presence of Chagas disease near urban Arequipa, Peru. Chagas disease...


Latest Reduviidae Reference Libraries

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2005-09-09 11:58:43

Reduviidae is a family of predatory insects in the suborder Heteroptera. It includes assassin bugs and wheel bugs (genera include Arilus, Melanolestes, Psellipus, Reduvius, Rhiginia, Sinea, Triatoma, and Zelus), ambush bugs (genera include Apiomerus and Phymata), and thread-legged bugs (the subfamily Emesinae, including the genus Emesaya). Physical characteristics There are more than 150 species in North America alone, with species existing all over the world. Adult bugs often range...

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