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California has several species of "Kissing Bugs" also known as "Cone-Nosed Bug".."Assasin Bug"...

Paratriatoma hirsuta Barber, 1938
Triatoma lecticularia (Stål, 1859)
Triatoma neotomae Neiva, 1911
Triatoma protracta (Uhler, 1894) [most common]


Here are particularly good articles on these bugs..

Kissing Bugs (UC Davis)
Kissing Bugs (Triatoma) and the Skin (UC Riverside)
UC Pest Management Pest Note (UC ANR)