Vampires in Nature

In the scientific study of animals, and insects, vampirism is also used in reference to mosquitos, leeches, vampire bats, of course, mistletoe, and other parasitic creatures surviving on tissues and fluids of other living creatures. Blood is a tissue fluid; just like the meat that other animals feed on, as well as human being, blood is rich in proteins, and lipids. Many smaller animals and insects, as well as worms, have evolved to a point where feeding off of the blood is preferred, or even essential to their survival. Sometimes, this can become a harmful process; such as with mosquitoes that spread malaria. Other species, such as vampire bats, who rarely spread disease, or leeches which will cleanse the blood, and are used for medical purposes, –are neutral, and can even benefit mankind.

An example of an animal with the obligatory need for blood is the assassin bug, found in South America. They insert a needle-like proboscis into their prey, –other insects, such as cockroaches and beetles, –and it liquefies their insides, so that the assassin bug can drink them, with its very own built in straw. It’s mainly thought to be beneficial, and is kept as a pet for insect control. However, if owners do not handle the insect carefully, they may be bitten, and the bite is said to be extremely painful. Also, there is a minimal risk of being infected with a potentially fatal illness called “Chagas disease.” If the assassin bug is indigenous to your area, it’s best to leave it alone.

An example of the optional need to drink blood is the mosquito. That’s right! Those horrible little creatures can feed off of pollen, fruit juices, and other biological liquids (some really, really gross ones too) that are not blood. Also, sometimes only the females will drink blood, since its essential for her reproductive system. Other examples of blood drinkers found in nature are nematodes, and other creepy crawlers, such as parasitic worms, found in human and animal intestines.

By Veritas

Veritas is a faerie child, switched at birth and left with wonderful parents in a small shack deep in the hills of West Virginia. He believes in magick and hopes to inspire readers lured into the enchanted path. Occasionally, he'll post contributions from other authors so drop us an email if you're interested.


  1. Well I think that every body is quite busy to ask or discuss something.I am here after a short break to again ask something.

  2. not particularly direct questions but I do want to say that on my visit to a few sites what I came to know about vampires is that they are human beings like us and they are so due to presence of some V5 in their blood and they can also live & eat like us though they have many more capabilities than us. So do the vampires as shown in vampire movies exist or are they simply fictitious.

  3. My answer to ur question Mona would be yes and no. The vampires in movies are theories from another person’s mind or imagination. So vampires could exist but MAYBE not like in the movies.

  4. yes vampires are very much like us humans but with enhanced abilities which is quite possible if you are able to focus your mind alot you can almost do anything

  5. wow ppl hav rly different theories……anyone want info on vampires?(p.s vampires arent just like the twilight me. i know)

  6. how does one claim to know. They are nothing like the twilight for this one know I’m not the one seeking info for I have the answers for this has nothing to do with twilight so don’t insult.

  7. twilight don’t insult thee for one can not know anything if they are comparing it to that book one such as i have much knowledge

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