Spiders & Insects Eating Each Other

Assassin Bug Nicky BayThe insect world is a weird, wonderful, and wildly violent place to exist in. Spiders and insects use a variety of different methods to eat each other, and photographer Nicky Bay has captured many of these in some truly excellent photographs.

Wired has a collection of the photos to view, but I highly suggest visiting Nicky Bay‘s own website for more images.

I find the assassin bug shown here fascinating. They decorate themselves with the corpses of their consumed prey, which acts as a gruesome shield, an olfactory camouflage (masking the scent of the bug), and allows them to infiltrate the strongholds of ants, thereby getting more prey.

Weird, wonderful, and wildly violent. Onwards!

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