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© John Pickering, 2004-2019

Here a Spined Soldier Bug, Podisus maculiventris, a predatory insect in the family Pentatomidae, is sucking on the abdomen of a living moth, Ectropis crepuscularia, The Small Engrailed, a member of the family Geometridae. The moth eventually died from this unpleasant experience. Note that the moth's abdomen is also host to a small, red parasitic mite, which were the moth to have lived, probably would have just sucked it for some sustenance and not caused its death. Clearly you should learn two important lessons from all this: (1) that life sometimes sucks, and (2) to keep your butt clean!


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title Podisus maculiventris, Spined Soldier Bug, attacking Ectropis crepuscularia
same specimen as id I_JP189946
country United States
state/province Georgia
county Clarke
city/place/location Athens
street/site/trail 275 Blue Heron Drive
latitude 33.8882
longitude -83.2973
MAPdecimal latitude_longitude ••• 33.8882_-83.2973
determined by who-email-yyyymmdd John Pickering pick@discoverlife.org 2015-07-13
host/prey Ectropis crepuscularia, The Small Engrailed
date1 yyyymmdd 2015:06:21 06:04:32

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