16 Feb '12, 4am

The Annotated Budak: Webmates by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Webmates by @budak

Invasions of a more insidious nature are launched by reduviid bugs in the subfamily Emesinae, which are equipped with raptorial arms and spindly legs, the better to navigate the radial lines of their targets at a pace that probably escapes the notice of spiders they stalk. A possible precursor to this habit of hunting in another's den is evident in the occasional wont of more common assassins to test their treads on tightropes where easy pickings are held in suspended inanimation. But the Emesinae, in their trundle to stay abreast of an arthropological arms race, bear little resemblance to their broad-bodied cousins who prowl bark and leaf, having reduced their torsos to twig-like proportions and donning shades that extend the illusion of a walking stick. The business end of these bugs comprises a stout head bearing a foldable rostrum and a pair of, usually spiny, forelegs...

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