Subject: Kissing bug?
Location: Windsor, Ontario
June 21, 2016 4:28 pm
I have found a few of these in my apartment. I am afraid they might be kissing bugs (triatomine bug) but I can’t be sure. I have taken the best pictures I could with the equipment at hand. I would be very thankful if you could help me identify them.
Though they resemble Kissing Bugs as well as being classified in the same family Reduviidae, the Assassin Bugs, as Kissing Bugs, these Black Corsairs, Melanolestes abdominalis, are not considered a dangerous species. According to BugGuide: “Can inflict a painful bite but does not feed on blood and does not transmit diseases.” BugGuide also notes: “Females often flightless, tend to live under logs, stones, etc. Adults overwinter under logs, in piles of weeds, etc. Males seen in open in spring. During mating, males use spongy pads on legs to mount females. Female stridulates with beak during mating. Eggs laid singly into soil beneath rocks. Males come to lights in summer.”