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Margareth

I appreciate your comments. In the open it is one thing, but in rather
tight dung beetle galleries, I cannot see how would a scorpion be
able to target/find/aim any weak spots. Do you see what I am saying?

Thanks,
Carlos


On 9/26/2013 10:11 PM, Margareth Brummermann wrote:
> 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? They know where the week spots are.
>
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> *From: *"Carlos Flechtmann" <[log in to unmask]>
> *To: *[log in to unmask]
> *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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Department of Plant Protection
FEIS/UNESP
Av. Brasil, 56
15385-000 - Ilha Solteira - SP
BRAZIL
Phone: +55 18 3743-1142
FAX: +55 18 3743-1176
http://www.agr.feis.unesp.br/cahf/home
Skype: carlos_flechtmann