The Assassin Bug

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These ruthless Assassin bugs hid from potential predators using a camouflage cloak – made from the bodies of ants they had killed.

The deadly insects paralyzed the ants by injecting them with a toxic enzyme before sucking them dry.

They then piled the dried-out corpses on their sticky backs to act as a defense against other predators, such as jumping spiders.

Nature…go home. You’re drunk.

Photo by Guek Hock Ping/Photoshot/Solent News.
Via The Telegraph.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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