Assassin bug with dead ants

Assassin bug with dead ants

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Credit: MELVYN YEO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Assassin bug (Acanthaspis sp.) with dead ants. The Acanthaspis species of assassin bugs predate on a number of prey but only use the bodies of ants to form a protective covering. It is beleived that the disguise acts as a deterrent to jumping spiders, which would normally attack uncovered assassin bugs. Photographed in Singapore.

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Keywords: acanthaspis, animal, ant corpse, asia, asian, assassin bug, biological, biology, dead ant, dead ants, deterrent, disguise, entomological, entomology, fauna, hemiptera, insect, mimicry, nature, singapore, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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