Camouflage is not unusual in nature. Some animals change color and shape to confuse their enemies, while some are able to hide with crafty disguises. Acanthaspis petax is a species of assassin bug common in East Africa and Malaysia. These insects attack their victims -- usually ants -- with a paralysis-inducing saliva and then suck out the innards of their prey. But they don’t stop there. They’ll typically turn the empty exoskeletons -- as many as 20 at a time -- into a sticky cloak that discourages attacks from predators. Some scientists think that this coat of ant corpses provides olfactory camouflage, while others think it works as a visual distraction that confuses enemies.
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