Monthly:November 2022

Assassin Bugs: The Curious Killers of the Insect World

The 7000 species of insects residing in family Reduviidae, ominously called assassin bugs, are a kaleidoscope of colours, sizes and gruesome murders. The different species of the family look very dissimilar to each other and range from five to 40 mm in size. Here is an identification key showing the wide variety in their appearance. The assassin bug has an anatomically complex venom system residing within its short three-segmented beak, which it uses to pierce its prey and then slurp […]

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Deadly Stingers: The Asian Giant Hornet

The Asian Giant Hornet, scientifically known as the Vespa Mandarinia, is the world’s largest hornet. Native to Southeast Asia and East Russia. It is feared that this hornet may become an invasive species one day, considering their recent presence in North America. The Asian Giant Hornet is extremely dangerous because of its stinger. It can inject large quantities of its extremely potent venom into the victim through its stinger. Its stinger is six millimeters in length and laced with cytolytic […]

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