he's great! i'd keep my tiny, tiny bugs away from him, though....
Where's Johnny Rico when you need him?!
That first photo made my jaw drop - most excellent.
Fantastic shots! That first one especially blows the mind.
the guts out of other insects!
Very nice image.
Great pics! The third one, with its use of shadow, is like an Annie Leibovitz photo of a REAL assasin.
The wheel is some pretty damn specific armour. It would be interesting to film these guys and see exactly which birds grab them and where on the body they make the grab. Maybe one of the commenters knows of a study?
No study, but I do remember an online discussion with an entomologist, a naturalist and various others. We all agreed the wheel is for cutting pizza. Don't how know that impacts birds, though.
This critter packs a notable "sting" with that beak. I wonder if the wheel helps the bug prevent getting crushed for long enough to sting the mouth of the bird and be released?
Wow. Stunning. Especially the first one. I've always been totally crushed-out on reduviids.
Wow. Cool stuff on your etsy site!
Those are some of my favorite IL insects.
These photos leave no doubt that beak is a formidable weapon.