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Assassin Bugs- shongololo shooters

Posted 11.06.2014Comments • You are here: Ranger Diary » General
Assassin Bugs- shongololo shooters
These bright red scary looking insects are nymphs of the Millipede Assassin bugs. Bugs and beetles may appear similar but there are many differences. Bugs have piercing and sucking mouth parts and have an incomplete life cycle with just two stages; adults and nymphs.
The brilliant red colour of these nymphs acts as a warning to predators. During the day the nymphs are found together in great numbers with leaf litter or on tree trunks. During the night they feed gregariously on millipedes. The adults are a shiny black with a yellow edge to the abdomen; these colours are also warning colours. Adult assassin bugs gather at an immobilised millipede to feed off it by sucking out the body fluids.
Assassin bugs in their adult stage have a curved hardened snout called a rostrum and can inflict a painful bite due to the presence of proteolytic enzymes in their saliva. One species of Assassin Bugs preys on ants only. The ant-wolves lure in ants with a chemical that then intoxicates them so the bugs feed on them at their leisure.
These bright red scary looking insects are nymphs of the Millipede Assassin bugs. Bugs and beetles may appear similar but there are many differences. Bugs have piercing and sucking mouth parts and have an incomplete life cycle with just two stages; adults and nymphs.
The brilliant red colour of these nymphs acts as a warning to predators. During the day the nymphs are found together in great numbers with leaf litter or on tree trunks. During the night they feed gregariously on millipedes. The adults are a shiny black with a yellow edge to the abdomen; these colours are also warning colours. Adult assassin bugs gather at an immobilised millipede to feed off it by sucking out the body fluids.
Assassin bugs in their adult stage have a curved hardened snout called a rostrum and can inflict a painful bite due to the presence of proteolytic enzymes in their saliva. One species of Assassin Bugs preys on ants only. The ant-wolves lure in ants with a chemical that then intoxicates them so the bugs feed on them at their leisure.
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