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The Assassin Bug, The Bug That Wears The Corpses Of Its Prey
What are assassin bugs? The word “assassin” conjures up images that are one of the cornerstones of popular entertainment: the sniper at the open window, the impeccably dressed agent with the silenced pistol, or perhaps the ninja moving soundlessly through the shadows.
Just like everything else under sun, none of the aforementioned cool stuff is new. Mother Nature did it first and does it unquestionably better than any movie or TV show. Enter - the reduviidae; also known, and for good reason, as the extremely cool assassin bug. They are the literal incarnation of the stealthy, ruthless killing machine in the bug world; manga worthy demon killers wearing the emptied husks of their victims like ghastly trophies. In 1987’s Predator, Arnold Schwarzenegger must do battle with an invisible foe dubbed “el demonio que hace trofeos de los hombres" or "the demon who makes trophies of men.” In the film, the Predator is an extraterrestrial sport hunter who wears the skulls and spinal columns of its victims as gruesome trophies. The assassin bug gives the Predator a run for its money, as it routinely affixes the empty husks of its victims to its back using a sticky secretion it produces exactly for that purpose.
The reason for this grisly and seemingly bizarre behavior appears to be two-fold. In addition to providing cover and concealment for the assassin bug, it also serves as assort of exo-skeletal armor. Should a predator such as a lizard decide it wants the assassin bug for its next meal the hunter will usually end up with a mouthful of dehydrated ant corpses, allowing the assassin bug to freely escape. (ranker.com)
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