Alien Invasion: The Case of the Western Conifer-Seed Bug (Heteroptera: Coreidae) in Chile, Overreaction, and Misidentifications

@article{Fandez2019AlienIT,
  title={Alien Invasion: The Case of the Western Conifer-Seed Bug (Heteroptera: Coreidae) in Chile, Overreaction, and Misidentifications},
  author={Eduardo I. Fa{\'u}ndez and M{\'a}riom A. Carvajal and Javier Villablanca},
  journal={Journal of Medical Entomology},
  year={2019},
  volume={57},
  pages={297 - 303}
}
Abstract Leptoglossus occidentalis (Heidemann) is an invasive species introduced in Europe, Asia, and most recently South America. In the present study, we report the overreaction situation caused by this bug in Chile, as it has been confused with kissing bugs (Reduviidae: Triatominae), Chagas' disease vectors. During 2018 and first months of 2019, we received 74 alleged cases of kissing bugs to confirm identification. From these, a total of 63 were identified as L. occidentalis, representing a… Expand
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