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_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bugs 33 Ė Stiltbugs
ENCHANTERíS NIGHTSHADE STILTBUG Metatropis rufescens
∑ The distinctive Enchanterís Nightshade Stiltbug Metatropis rufescens is a woodland species belonging to the family Berytidae. As the vernacular name suggests this bug feeds on Enchanterís Nightshade Circaea lutetiana. This bug superficially resembles a cranefly or possibly a spider or a harvestman to human eyes, but the resemblance of this insect is possibly coincidental rather than being an example of Batesian mimicry and it is doubtful that most insectivorous birds would be deterred when eyeing it up as a potential meal. The movement is said to be spider-like too. It is unclear why the distal ends of the femurs and the middle of the antennae are swollen but in nature unusual looking structures often have a purpose and the shape of these structures probably contributes to this subterfuge.
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