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The black mass is a conglomeration of ants. These are solidly stuck on the back of another insect. The host insect is covered with what looks like sand...or is it fungal spores? It was active and scurrying around. It finally disappeared into a crack between the wall and the door. I observed it for two whole days.
Under a plastic foot-mat which had moved from its place as I stepped onto it. This was at a resort in the village of Mandu (Mandav) in Madhya Pradesh. The area is right on the edge of Sagar Talao a large fresh water tank.
This is an Assassin bug. It pierces the bodies of its prey and injects paralysis-inducing saliva and an enzyme that dissolves tissue, then sucks out the liquefied stuff. It wears the ant exoskeletons as a backpack to confuse jumping spiders. It may carry up to 20 dead ants at a time, all bound together with a sticky excretion.Because ants swarm and use chemical weapons, jumping spiders avoid them. http://bizarrecreature.blogspot.com/2014...
Lat: 22.33, Long: 75.41
Spotted on Aug 16, 2019
Submitted on Aug 16, 2019
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