Thursday, April 06, 2017

Bug factoid of the week

World's oldest bedbugs found in Oregon Cave.

Martin said in a press statement, these were “not the bed bugs we all know and love from hotel rooms.” Instead, these kinds fed on bats. There are two species of bed bugs that parasitize humans, the scientists explained: Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterus. These insects are thought to have started out as bat parasites, but then adapted to eat human blood after humans began living in caves with infected bats.

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