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Canthon imitator here in Arizona is regular prey for Diogmites (Hanging Thief Robberflies) and scorpions can be seen hunting scarabs of similar size. So why shouldn't they be able to penetrate the exoskeleton of your dung beetles? T hey know where the week spots are. 

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From: "Carlos Flechtmann" <[log in to unmask]> 
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Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:07:01 PM 
Subject: On Scorpions and Dung Beetles 

Dear colleagues 

While excavating some dung beetle galleries, I stumbled across some 
scorpions 
inside, some adults and some young. Is this any common? 

Would they be there just for shelter, or trying to feed on dung beetles? 
I find it 
hard to believe scorpions would be able to penetrate the exosqueleton of 
adults, 
and young are usually protected inside capsules. 

Any thoughts? 

Thanks, 
Carlos 

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