Tuesday, January 26, 2010
ABC Wednesday: B is for Bug
Not just any bug, but a true bug: a Twin Spotted Assassin Bug. It's an African species and they prey on other insects and invertebrates, sometimes killing prey that is as big as they are.
They are easy to keep and make fascinating pets. Although they have an extremely painful bite and can spray you with defensive liquid, they are not at all aggressive and prefer to hide. I've seen people handle them, but I prefer not to. They breed readily in captivity, as demonstrated by the pair above.
They lay beautiful purple eggs and after a while, tiny assasin bugs hatch:
They will stay that colour until their first molt, then they turn into a deep purple until their last molt when they grow wings. Since they are very social, it's possible to raise the nymphs together or even together with the adults. I've seen assassin bugs share meals lots of times. Here's one feeding on a cricket:
What else does B stand for? Find out with ABC Wednesday