Emma’s eyes fluttered open; she almost screamed. She was covered in butterflies. She darted up and looked around. She didn’t know where she was. She was sitting in the middle of a field of pink flowers and miles of lavender grass. The sky was filled with butterflies, their bodies were silver and their wings were covered in gold. There were millions of them all flying in the same direction.
She reached up and tried to touch one of the butterflies. her finger barely grazed it and her eyes snapped open. She was lying in her bed. Had she been dreaming?….
The way an assassin bug feeds is the stuff of B-grade science fiction. Using its trademark strong proboscis – otherwise known as a rostrum – the bug impales its prey and then injects venom-laced saliva. This serves two gruesome purposes: first, it paralyses the victim, and then it liquefies its internal organs, allowing the assassin bug to suck it all out.
Like a real-life version of the Predator—that’s barely a half-inch in size—the aptly named assassin bug wears the bodies of its victims like trophy armor after liquefying and consuming their innards.
Our youngest asked me if there was such a thing as a bee/butterfly. This was the closest thing that I found. They are pretty cool little critters. =)