The insect world never ceases to amaze. These colorful bugs boast familiar patterns like faces or tribal masks on their shields. While potential predators waste precious time wondering whether it’s food, enemy or prey, the masked creatures plot their protection tactics or escape.
We take a look at seven of these insects that prove: bug is beautiful!
1. Black stink bug with white eyes and mouth
These mini warriors have pretty smart warfare defences. Shield bugs, or stink bugs, have glands in their thorax (the part between the head and the abdomen) between their first and second pair of legs that produce a foul-smelling liquid, which is used for defense and released when the bug feels threatened.
Image: Barca Branca
2. Stink bug with brown and white mask
In this next photograph, the stink bug looks huge, but it is only about 1 cm long in real life, making the markings on the mask all the more intricate.