Immature Bloodsucking Conenose Bug

What is this bug?
April 5, 2010
I discovered this creature on my bed. I originially thought it was a tick or a bed bug, but it seemed too large and also has six legs. It is dark brown with black spots outlining its body. It seems to move slowly, as it remained in the same place all day. What is this beast?? Help!
sam&elm
South Alabama

Immature Bloodsucking Conenose Bug

Dear sam&elm,
You have a bit of a problem.  This is an immature Bloodsucking Conenose Bug or Kissing Bug in the genus Triatoma, and you do not want to get bitten as they are a known vector for Chagas disease.  You may read more about the Bloodsucking Conenose Bugs on BugGuide.

3 thoughts on “Immature Bloodsucking Conenose Bug”

  1. Definitely a species of Triatoma and in Alabama, almost certainly T. sanguisuga but T. lecticularia cannot be ruled out.

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