The aptly named assassin bug, known for injecting toxic saliva into its prey's innards before sucking out the nutrients, has taken the crown in this year's linkurl:Ugly Bug Contest,; accumulating more than 10,000 votes (30 percent).
linkurl:Assassin bug;
Northern Arizona University forestry and natural sciences researcher linkurl:Marilee Sellers; started the contest, designed to entice kids of all ages to have fun learning about the creepy-crawlies of the world, more than 10 years ago with some posters featuring high quality electron micrographs of insects.
linkurl:Yellow dragonfly;
Now fully up-to-date with videos and social media pages for each insect contestant, voting is open to the world. This year the contest's 10 arthropod hopefuls attracted more than 36,000 votes -- more than quadruple last year's tallies.
linkurl:Jewel wasp;
With 27 percent of the votes, second place went to the mighty yellow dragonfly, which spends its youth underwater breathing through gills. And the jewel...

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