So my wife was freaked out by a bug recently. She wanted me to ‘take care of it.’ Usually that means bug death.
However, I don’t usually kill bugs unless they are wood ticks or mosquitoes. So I scooped it up in a tissue and carried him outside. We keep our house clean, but I guess we don’t spend the time to wash our bugs. I thought he was just…really dusty and dirty. But apparently this is what these bugs do.
They secrete (I love that word) a sticky substance that makes dust and debris stick to it. That’s its camouflage.
Works pretty well. He looks like a portable dust bunny.
But he’s called the Masked Hunter, a member of the assassin bug family. I didn’t even know there was an assassin bug family.