Ant-snatching assassin bug

Ant-snatching assassin bug

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Caption: Ant-snatching assassin bug (Acanthaspis petax). View of an ant-snatching assassin bug covered in the corpses of ants it has caught. Assassin bugs (family Reduviidae) are predatory insects that use their long rostrum (feeding tube) to inject a lethal saliva into their prey. The ant-snatching assassin bug uses the carcasses of ants it has caught to disguise itself and avoid predation by spiders.

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