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|While on holiday in spain.|
Assassin bugs feed by external digestion, which means that they push their beak into their victims body and inject a very toxic, or poisonous, liquid that affects the nerves and liquifies the muscles and tissues of their prey. Most other insects that eat like this have two tubes in their beak; one for injecting the fluid and one for sucking in their food. But assassin bugs have only one large tube that does both jobs. This larger tube allows them to inject a larger amount of the toxic digestive fluid so that prey many times their size can be quickly overcome. Once the insides of the prey are turned into a liquid, the assassin bug uses its rostrum to suck out the liquified tissues in much the same way we use a straw to drink a milkshake
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Very beautiful macro of this poisened bug.
Details, lighting, composition and sharpness are perfect.
The saturated color of the flowers are very beautiful and the bug does stand out greatly against it.
I also love the shadow of the bug on the patels of the flower very much.
Excellent work. My compliments.
Thanks for sharing.
Oh, he just looks like he's waiting to pounce on something! Excellent macro, Chris!
- [2007-08-01 2:05]
Beautiful warm colours for this picture of the Assassin Bug. Good sharpness and composition too.
Excellent pose of the insect!
- [2007-08-01 4:05]
Hello Chris !
This is an excellent picture ! Very unusual insect, I had never seen it before. Details, sharpness, colors, composition, POV, pose of the insect, everything is excellent here. After reading your note, I am happy that this insect is so small - would be a real monster if it was bigger ! :-) Very well done !