oa Annals of the Natal Museum - The biology of the Batbug Stricticimex antennatus (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) in South Africa

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



A colony of Stricticimex antennatus Ferris & Usinger from a bat-roost near Pietermaritzburg, Natal, was estimated to contain more than 50000 individuals. The batbugs were observed to feed on Myotis tricolor, Rhinolophus simulator, R. clivosus, Nycteris thebacia, and Hipposideros caffer. People entering the bat-roost were bitten, and several developed skin sensitivity to the bites. In the laboratory batbugs were fed on rabbits and rats, and found to undergo five nymphal instars. Moulting did not take place in unfed individuals. The aggregating and orientation behaviour of the batbugs in response to simple stimuli is descriptionbed.

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