BUG , the
See also:common name for hemipterous
See also:insects of the
See also:family Cimicidae, of which the best-known example is the
See also:house bug or
See also:bed bug (Cimex lectularius) . This disgusting
See also:insect is of an
See also:oval shape, of a rusty red
See also:colour, and, in common with the whole tribe to which it belongs, gives off an offensive odour when touched; unlike the others, however, it is wingless . The bug is provided with a
See also:proboscis, which when at
See also:rest lies along the inferior side of the thorax, and through which it sucks the
See also:blood of man, the
See also:food of this
See also:species . It is nocturnal in its habits, remaining concealed by
See also:day in crevices of bed furniture, among the hangings, or behind the
See also:wall paper, and shows considerable activity in its nightly raids in
See also:search of food . The
See also:female deposits her eggs at the beginning of summer in crevices of
See also:wood and other retired situations, and in three
See also:weeks the
See also:young emerge as small,
See also:white, and almost transparent larvae . These
See also:change their skin very frequently during growth, and attain full development in about eleven weeks . Two centuries ago the bed bug was a rare insect in Britain, and probably owes its name, which is derived from a
See also:Celtic word signifying " ghost " or " goblin," to the terror which its attacks at first inspired . An allied species, the dove-cote bug (Cimex columbaria), attacks domestic fowls and pigeons .
COMTE DE GEORGE LOUIS LECLERC BUFFON (1707-1788)
DUKE OF THOMAS ROBERT BUGEAUD DE LA PICONNERIE
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