Assassin bug disguises itself with cloak of dead ants

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PostMon Dec 16, 2013 1:46 pm » by *WillEase*


Killer camouflage: How the Assassin bug protects itself from predators in cloaks made from ants it has poisoned.

* Photographer Guek Hock Ping, 50, took photos of deadly insects in Malaysia
* The Acanthaspis inject their victims with toxic enzyme and suck them dry
* They then put the dried corpse on their backs to create a protective coat
By Wills Robinson
PUBLISHED: 15:24 EST, 15 December 2013 | UPDATED: 17:39 EST, 15 December 2013

These ruthless Assassin bugs hide from potential predators using a camouflage cloak, made from the bodies of ants they have devoured.

The deadly insects paralyse their prey by injecting them with a toxic enzyme before sucking them dry.

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

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He said: 'I go to parks and forests for macro photography about once or twice or week. I found the Acanthaspis while I was out in the jungle.

'Their behaviour is absolutely fascinating.'

The bugs measure less than half an inch in length each and are usually found on plants and tree trunks, where there is a healthy supply of ants.

Guek, from Kuala Lumpur, added: 'I spend about 30 minutes photographing these assassin bugs every time I find one.

'I try to shoot as many shots as I can, from many different angles.'

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Without the cloak: How the Assassin bug looks without its protective layer

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PostMon Dec 16, 2013 3:20 pm » by Harbin


Article assumes that the bug is knowingly making a protective coat, it wouldn't be a far leap to assume the bug has an ego, or vanity and saves it's kills as trophies.
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PostMon Dec 16, 2013 4:24 pm » by Cosmine


Harbin wrote:Article assumes that the bug is knowingly making a protective coat, it wouldn't be a far leap to assume the bug has an ego, or vanity and saves it's kills as trophies.




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