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  1. Richard_Naylor

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Feb 1 2011 11:39:52
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    Just received some nice swallow bugs (Oeciacus). They look just like mini bedbugs.

    I thought a comparative photo might be of interest to some of you:
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5134/5407460021_70e8067d89_b.jpg

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Feb 1 2011 15:02:16
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    Hi Richard,

    I think we need to nominate you as photographer of the year if we have the BB Oscars this year. It should be called the Buggies.

    David

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Feb 1 2011 19:00:14
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    ...wow...

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Feb 1 2011 19:50:24
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    The Buggies! OMG, when I was younger a friend and I rented a small boat and when we got tired and couldn't paddle anymore, the current kept pulling us over to these stone walls which to our horror were covered with these big black ugly bugs. Every time we'd get uncomfortably too close to those walls, we'd scream "BUGGIES" at the top of our lungs and furiously paddle to get out of there. David, thanks for the trip down memory lane! Hated bugs then and I still hate them!

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Feb 1 2011 22:18:39
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    Awesome shots again Richard. It would be nice to get a gallery of other Cimex species with Lectularius like this one.

    Jim

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Feb 2 2011 5:24:22
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    Thanks folks,

    That's not a bad idea Jim. I have C. hemipterus in culture and I think we have C. pipistrelli in alcohol, along with Afrocimex constrictus and Cacodmus villosus. Although the latter two are unlikely to be a problem for most people, unless they spend their weekends crawling around in bat caves in Kenya!

    If I have any spare time this weekend, I'll dig out the specimens and takes some shots.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Feb 2 2011 6:21:13
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    Here's more info on swallow bugs:

    Swallow bug (Oeciacus vicarius). The swallow bug is a parasite of cliff swallows and, less commonly, barn swallows. Problems with human bites occur in homes where swallows attached and maintained nests during the previous summer. Swallow bug bites of humans tend to occur in late winter and spring, when the swallow bugs emerge from winter dormancy in anticipation of the return of their swallow hosts. The insects are largely dormant during the period between the time nests are abandoned in summer and just prior to the return of swallows the following spring.


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