Assassin bugs inject toxic saliva into their prey. Jewel wasps lay eggs inside other insects, and the larva devour their hosts from the inside out. House flies vomit digestive juices onto their food before sucking it back up. These tiny critters are all undoubtedly creepy, but which is the scariest of all? linkurl:The Ugly Bug Contest; of 2010 is asking for your help to decide.
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"To us, it's a really playful way to engage [kids] in some science content," says linkurl:Charles Kazilek; of Arizona State University, who is helping to run the contest. "Capture their imagination and their minds will follow," Kazilek says, repurposing the motto of Ask a Biologist, the online program he started in 1997 to give people the opportunity to send biology-related questions and get answers from working researchers.linkurl:Marilee Sellers,; a researcher in the forestry and natural...

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