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Bug carries dead ants to fend off enemies

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:27 PM

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This bug looks like it's made a killing carrying a remarkable number of dead bodies on its back to stop it becoming lunch.

As this gruesome picture shows this insect has at least 20 ants on its back which according to scientists confuse potential predators like jumping spiders.

The aptly named assassin bug uses the dead bodies, as a defence mechanism to fend off enemies

http://www.dailymail...rd-enemies.html

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:41 PM

Great post! Thanks for the link, amazing pictures.


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:42 PM

So, what keeps the dead ants from falling of?


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:50 PM

Haha. And I thought ants were good for nothing...


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:02 PM

Good point on what keeps them on. I imagined the bug was like an expert at card houses, but with ants LOL but I guess it probably is more than that that huh.


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:16 PM

View PostDrev, on 05 May 2012 - 09:42 PM, said:

So, what keeps the dead ants from falling of?

Bug spit

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:40 PM

I wonder if he noticed a vehicle driving down the road with a deer on the hood and got the idea from there...

Too many people on both sides of the spectrum have fallen into this mentality that a full one half of the country are the enemy for having different beliefs...in a country based on freedom of expression. It is this infighting that allows the focus to be taken away from "we the people" being able to watch, and have control over government corruption and ineptitude that is running rampant in our leadership.

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#8    Jacques Terreur

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:21 PM

some spiders use ants' bodys too, but not to ward them off, but to infiltrate a colony and feed on them! They were photographed wearing dead ants' heads as frickin' HATS! :o http://myrmecos.net/...chilus-rogersi/

Edited by Jacques Terreur, 06 May 2012 - 05:21 PM.


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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:22 PM

Now that is wall poster worthy. Love those pictures.

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#10    CRIPTIC CHAMELEON

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:00 PM

That's a good question Drev, maybe the spiny hair on the bug & ants help keep them in place, or they use some type of excreted enzyme, or both,? anyway great pics.


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Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:25 PM

How does it put the dead ants on its back? With its "legs" I presume, but a pile that high?


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:25 AM

I think they are just cold, and wear the ants like a fur coat.






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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:27 PM

That sure is one very smart assassin bug.


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Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:22 PM

Just be glad ants aren't large enough to carry humans around. You wouldn't be sure if you were near an ant wearing "human" clothes.





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