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western conifer-seed bug and kissing bugs comparison

western conifer-seed bug and kissing bugs comparison

A case of look-alikes: Leptoglossus occidentalis, the western conifer-seed bug (A), bears a resemblance to kissing bugs Triatoma infestans (B) and Mepraia gajardoi (C, female; and D, male). The western conifer-seed bug is a plant eater, harmless to humans, while kissing bugs are vectors of the pathogen that causes Chagas disease. (Image originally published in Faundez et al 2019, Journal of Medical Entomology)

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