Unbelievable Assassin Bug Wears Its Victims' Corpses As Armour

Like a real-life version of the Predator — that's barely a half-inch in size — the aptly named assassin bug wears the bodies of its victims like trophy armour after liquefying and consuming their innards. Disgusting.

After it's made a kill, the assassin bug — which calls Malaysia home — injects its victim with a special enzyme that dissolves and softens its guts so they can be easily sucked out. And once all that's left is the insect's empty shell, the assassin bug attaches those exoskeletons to its back using a sticky secretion, piling them high to create a thick layer of protective armour that also serves to confuse its enemies.

It might seem like a ridiculous stunt, but imagine you were fighting a war and saw a soldier coming at you covered in dead bodies. You probably wouldn't know what the hell was going on either.

[The Ark in Space via Neatorama]

Images: Mohd Rizal Ismail/Flickr


Comments

    WoW!... nature sure does create some crazy mofo insects!

    PVP in MC - sweet armour, of course, now I am going to have to kill you.

    Wouldn't that make it a bigger target for birds?

      Well yea... but then it would be wearing a bird as armour

    This week, in Biology: Stranger than Fiction...

    Most of the time, the things we imagine just don't compare to the things that the world already contains.

    Freakishly awesome. Love this article.

    Freakish? No way - humans do it too. Just remember "Silence of the Lambs". WE do it better cos we tailor our armour.

    "It might seem like a ridiculous stunt, but imagine you were fighting a war and saw a soldier coming at you covered in dead bodies. You probably wouldn’t know what the hell was going on either."

    That would most certainly make me think twice about taking them on...

      Except that bugs would have no idea what death is, let alone recognising dead carcasses as a distinct addition to another critter and having enough brains to get confused in the first place.

      Unlike a human who will likely crap themselves at the sight. I know I would.

    that looks heavy!

    I would run the other way. If that insect just played welcome to the jungle it would complete the effect

    Nature you scary!

    Nature is sure scary!!!

    so, creationists - tell me more about that god of yours

    okay so how is that different from killing and eating a pig and making a leather jacket or any other item made of animal skin, maybe that bug is considered to be trendy among bugs :)

    This could be a boss/enemy in frigging a Dark Souls game.

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