Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Kissing bug

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Can the kissing bug(assassin bug)be found in Connecticut or live in Connecticut. I am just wondering because I heard there as been a surprising rise of the disease that the bug carries coming up in the U.S. and they can be found in the southern states. Just wondering if they can come this far north or is it to cold for the bug or they just have not been spotted in Connecticut yet. Thank you

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Robert:

I just answered your question via the comments on my "Bug Eric" blog, but here I see you mean the Eastern Blood-sucking Conenose, Triatoma sanguisuga , in particular.  Yes, that species has been recorded from New England, but it is not common.  I'll do a blog post in the next few weeks explaining why the "kissing bugs" are not as problematic in disease transmission in the U.S.  You can sleep well, the likelihood of contracting Chagas Disease in Connecticut is very remote.

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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