Thursday, August 9, 2012

Triatoma infestans

The Triatoma infestans is a species of kissing bug found in northern Argentina, Brasil, and Peru. Being a blood-sucking insect, it is one of the main vectors of Tripanozoma Cruzi, a protozoan which causes the Chagas disease in man. The Triatoma lives in cracks in the walls of adobe houses as well as in thatched roofs, in poor country areas. Order: hemiptera; genus: Triatoma; species: infestans. It has brown wings, black abdomen with yellowish orange stripes, and a long proboscis.