Hello Carlos et al:
Just a note here: I often found scorpions in my live pitfall traps in the Amazon, particularly in the drier areas. Even more frequently, I would find nymphal assassin bugs, actually in the process of preying on a dung beetle.
Interesting stuff, folks!KevinaOn Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM, Alejandro Lopera <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Margareth, have you seen them prey near the traps? Wonder how they prey on the beetles, if it is like Apiomera or how,
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On 26/09/2013, at 20:11, Margareth Brummermann <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> 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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Subject: On Scorpions and Dung Beetles
While excavating some dung beetle galleries, I stumbled across some
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
and young are usually protected inside capsules.
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