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Not all that smart

September 17th, 2015

Not all that smart

Have you ever been “kissed” in the face by a kissing bug? They are dubbed the kissing bug because that is their preferred place to attack. These bugs are similar to mosquitoes in the way that they will suck the blood of its prey. The biggest issue? They also carry very harmful parasite. Chagas disease will stay with a human for the rest of his or her life. It can cause heart failure and other serious complications.

So, how exactly do a kissing bugs brain really work? How do they know where your face is? The first study showed that they are in fact on a clock similar to humans. Only they lay low during the day and come out to feed at night. The insect has a sense for heat like human body temperature, it stretches out to get ready to kiss (or suck) as soon as it feels the warmth. Researchers watched their actions over a few days to see if they would remember how to go towards the heat, and they found out that these insects have no memory skills, and didn’t appear to be intelligent at all. They also found that of course, they were more active and responsive during the hours of darkness and not during the day.

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