The brilliant red Spinaculex, meaning Needle-gnat, had tall spines and a bulbous thorax and could expand to accommodate the life fluids it drew from the flesh of dinosaurs with its hypodermic mouthparts. Growing almost two inches long, the drone of its wings maddened Ligocristus young in their island nurseries in the hot months when vast clouds of the vampiric insects rose out of the swamps to plague them.

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