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Ladybird by Ishan Agarwal

The feeding apparatus of the assassin bug is also an effective weapon. The straw-like proboscis stabs its victim, in this case a ladybird, and is then used to suck its body fluids. The same mechanism also enables them to take sustenance from plant tissues. In the Northeast, where this photograph was taken, dams threaten the forests, and therefore jeopardise the future of such little-appreciated, but miraculous lifeforms.
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