A bloodsucking North American assassin bug which can inflict a painful bite on humans and often attacks the face.
- Melanolestes picipes, family Reduviidae, suborder Heteroptera
- Flying adult kissing bugs are mainly seen during the months of May and June in the greater Tucson area.
- At night, the kissing bug ventures forth in search of a blood meal, which may be a sleeping pet or human.
- Usually the bite from the kissing bug is on the lips, eyelids or ears of sleeping victims and is painless.
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