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Hematophagy is the practice of feeding on blood. Since blood is a fluid tissue rich in nutritious proteins and lipids that can be taken without great effort, hematophagy is a preferred form of feeding for many small animals such as the familiar mosquito, leech and bedbug. This gallery features some of the expected hungry creatures but some unusual ones as well. A Dracula Ant worker punctures the skin of a larva to sip its trickling blood, Galapagos Vampire Finches feeding on the blood of boobies from wounds the finches have created and parasitic isopods that latch onto fish puncturing their skin and feasting on their blood. Yes, some photos could be considered gross but all animals must survive!
Dracula Ant (Amblyopone sp) worker puncturing the skin of a larva to sip its trickling blood, this behavior does not seem to harm the larva, but feeds the adults, Muller Range, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00479012 Dracula Ant (Amblyopone sp) worker puncturing the skin of a larva to sip its trickling blood, this behavior does not seem to harm the larva, but feeds the adults, Muller Range, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Dracula Ant (Amblyopone sp) worker puncturing the skin of a larva to sip its trickling blood, this behavior does not seem to harm the larva, but feeds the adults, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00477036 Dracula Ant (Amblyopone sp) worker puncturing the skin of a larva to sip its trickling blood, this behavior does not seem to harm the larva, but feeds the adults, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on head of Long-winged Bat (Miniopterus mossambicus), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
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00586048 Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on head of Long-winged Bat (Miniopterus mossambicus), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on Lesser Long-fingered Bat (Miniopterus fraterculus), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
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00586113 Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on Lesser Long-fingered Bat (Miniopterus fraterculus), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on wing membrane of Decken's Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus deckenii), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
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00585591 Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on wing membrane of Decken's Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus deckenii), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Wingless Bat Fly (Nycteribiidae) on wing membrane of Fruit Bat, Guinea, West Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298302 Wingless Bat Fly (Nycteribiidae) on wing membrane of Fruit Bat, Guinea, West Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on Long-winged Bat (Miniopterus mossambicus), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
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00586156 Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on Long-winged Bat (Miniopterus mossambicus), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Louse-fly (Crataerina hirundinis) adult female, on feathers, reared from pupa found in House Martin (Delichon urbica) nest, Powys, Wales, May  -  Richard Becker / FLPA
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80190079 Louse-fly (Crataerina hirundinis) adult female, on feathers, reared from pupa found in House Martin (Delichon urbica) nest, Powys, Wales, May© Richard Becker / FLPA
Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on wing membrane of Decken's Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus deckenii), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
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00585592 Wingless Bat Fly (Penicillidia sp) on wing membrane of Decken's Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus deckenii), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Isopods on Pinnate batfish, Platax pinnatus, Nerocila, Wakatobi Dive Resort, Sulawesi, Indian Ocean, Bandasea  -  Reinhard Dirscherl/ FLPA
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80171599 Isopods on Pinnate batfish, Platax pinnatus, Nerocila, Wakatobi Dive Resort, Sulawesi, Indian Ocean, Bandasea© Reinhard Dirscherl / FLPA
Wrasse (Symphodus sp) female guarding nest with parasitic Sea Louse (Ceratothoa oestroides) sucking her blood, Greece  -  Dimitris Poursanidis/ NIS
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00540014 Wrasse (Symphodus sp) female guarding nest with parasitic Sea Louse (Ceratothoa oestroides) sucking her blood, Greece© Dimitris Poursanidis/ NIS
Blue Chromis (Chromis cyanea) with parasite, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
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00562196 Blue Chromis (Chromis cyanea) with parasite, Dominican Republic, Caribbean© Ron Offermans/ Buiten-beeld
Shorthead Sabretooth Blenny (Petroscirtes breviceps) adult, with parasite attached to head, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Sunda Islands, Indonesia, January  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80175084 Shorthead Sabretooth Blenny (Petroscirtes breviceps) adult, with parasite attached to head, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Sunda Islands, Indonesia, January© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Lemon Damsel (Pomacentrus moluccensis) adult, with parasite attached, swimming in reef, Wetar Island, Barat Daya Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku Province, Indonesia  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80144154 Lemon Damsel (Pomacentrus moluccensis) adult, with parasite attached, swimming in reef, Wetar Island, Barat Daya Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku Province, Indonesia© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Blackstripe Cardinalfish (Apogon nigrofasciatus) adult, with amphipod (parasitic copepod) attached, Fiabacet Island, Raja Ampat Islands (Four Kings), West Papua, New Guinea, Indonesia  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80149658 Blackstripe Cardinalfish (Apogon nigrofasciatus) adult, with amphipod (parasitic copepod) attached, Fiabacet Island, Raja Ampat Islands (Four Kings), West Papua, New Guinea, Indonesia© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) adult female, with Cymathoid Isopod (Cymothoa sp) adult pair, mating on head, Tatawa Besar Island, between Komodo and Flores Islands, Komodo National Park,...  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80179646 Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) adult female, with Cymathoid Isopod (Cymothoa sp) adult pair, mating on head, Tatawa Besar Island, between Komodo and Flores Islands, Komodo National Park,...© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Darkfin Chromis (Chromis atripes) adult, with parasite attached to head, swimming, Muara Channel, Sermata Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, November  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80174015 Darkfin Chromis (Chromis atripes) adult, with parasite attached to head, swimming, Muara Channel, Sermata Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, November© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Multi-barred Angelfish (Paracentropyge, with parasitic isopod and erect fin, Dai North dive site, Forgotten Islands, Dai Island, Banda Sea, Indonesia
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80195063 Multi-barred Angelfish (Paracentropyge, with parasitic isopod and erect fin, Dai North dive site, Forgotten Islands, Dai Island, Banda Sea, Indonesia© Colin Marshall
False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris), with Tongue-biter Cymathoid Isopod (Cymothoa exigua) parasite on tongue in Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), Pintu Colada dive site, Lembe...
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80200761 False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris), with Tongue-biter Cymathoid Isopod (Cymothoa exigua) parasite on tongue in Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), Pintu Colada dive site, Lembe...© Colin Marshall
False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris), with Tongue-biter Cymathoid Isopod (Cymothoa exigua) parasite on tongue in Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), Pintu Colada dive site, Lembe...
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80200762 False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris), with Tongue-biter Cymathoid Isopod (Cymothoa exigua) parasite on tongue in Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), Pintu Colada dive site, Lembe...© Colin Marshall
False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) adult, with parasite on tongue, in anemone, Lembeh Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80093357 False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) adult, with parasite on tongue, in anemone, Lembeh Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Cog-wheel Assasin Bug (Arilus carinatus) with prey, Mindo Cloud Forest, western slope of Andes, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00447651 Cog-wheel Assasin Bug (Arilus carinatus) with prey, Mindo Cloud Forest, western slope of Andes, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Assassin Bug (Platymeris biguttata) with ground beetle prey, Africa, sequence 2 of 2  -  Stephen Dalton
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00770771 Assassin Bug (Platymeris biguttata) with ground beetle prey, Africa, sequence 2 of 2© Stephen Dalton
Assassin Bug (Platymeris biguttata) and ground beetle prey, Africa, sequence 1 of 2  -  Stephen Dalton
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00770543 Assassin Bug (Platymeris biguttata) and ground beetle prey, Africa, sequence 1 of 2© Stephen Dalton
Assassin Bug (Platymeris biguttata) with cockroach prey, Africa  -  Stephen Dalton
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00770542 Assassin Bug (Platymeris biguttata) with cockroach prey, Africa© Stephen Dalton
Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) feeding on ant prey, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
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00586071 Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) feeding on ant prey, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Assassin Bug (Lopodytes) attacking Termite worker, Botswana  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298344 Assassin Bug (Lopodytes) attacking Termite worker, Botswana© Piotr Naskrecki
Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) drawing blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti) feathers as a feeding adaptation during arid conditions, Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00143762 Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) drawing blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti) feathers as a feeding adaptation during arid conditions, Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) drawing blood from base of Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) feathers, an adaptation unique to Wenman Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140720 Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) drawing blood from base of Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) feathers, an adaptation unique to Wenman Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) group drawing blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti) feathers as feeding adaptation during arid conditions, Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00143763 Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) group drawing blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti) feathers as feeding adaptation during arid conditions, Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) drawing blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti) feathers as a feeding adaptation during arid conditions, Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00143764 Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) drawing blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti) feathers as a feeding adaptation during arid conditions, Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) feeding on blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00427373 Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) feeding on blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) pair feeding on blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00427379 Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) pair feeding on blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) pair feeding on blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00427380 Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) pair feeding on blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) feeding on blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00427381 Sharp-beaked Ground-Finch (Geospiza difficilis) feeding on blood from Nazca Booby (Sula granti), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus) portrait, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510831 Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus) portrait, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus) portrait, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510832 Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus) portrait, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), native to Americas
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00573367 Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), native to Americas© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus)  -  Roland Seitre
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00533745 Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus)© Roland Seitre
Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00498580 Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00498581 Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in parasite phase feeds on fish by rasping through their skin, Salmon River at Lake Champlain, New York  -  Norbert Wu
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00135246 Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in parasite phase feeds on fish by rasping through their skin, Salmon River at Lake Champlain, New York© Norbert Wu
Pacific Lamprey (Petromyzon tridentatus) juvenile using sucker-like mouth parts to attach itself to glass of aquarium, Columbia River Research Laboratory, Willard, Washington  -  Michael Durham
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00520806 Pacific Lamprey (Petromyzon tridentatus) juvenile using sucker-like mouth parts to attach itself to glass of aquarium, Columbia River Research Laboratory, Willard, Washington© Michael Durham
European River Lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) mouth, Wieringermeer, Netherlands  -  Wil Meinderts/ Buiten-beeld
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00516011 European River Lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) mouth, Wieringermeer, Netherlands© Wil Meinderts/ Buiten-beeld
Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) mouth showing teetch, Wieringermeer, Netherlands  -  Wil Meinderts/ Buiten-beeld
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00515988 Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) mouth showing teetch, Wieringermeer, Netherlands© Wil Meinderts/ Buiten-beeld
European River Lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) male, Nijmegen, Netherlands  -  Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
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00523314 European River Lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) male, Nijmegen, Netherlands© Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus), Nijmegen, Netherlands  -  Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
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00523436 Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus), Nijmegen, Netherlands© Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
European River Lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) mouth, Nijmegen, Netherlands  -  Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
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00523491 European River Lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) mouth, Nijmegen, Netherlands© Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
Western Brook Lamprey (Lampetra planeri), Netherlands
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00583662 Western Brook Lamprey (Lampetra planeri), Netherlands© Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) skin covered with barnacles and whale lice, San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00531656 Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) skin covered with barnacles and whale lice, San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico© Suzi Eszterhas
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