Antlion Pit Construction and Kleptoparasitic Prey

@inproceedings{Lucas1986AntlionPC,
  title={Antlion Pit Construction and Kleptoparasitic Prey},
  author={Jeffrey R. Lucas},
  year={1986}
}
  • Jeffrey R. Lucas
  • Published 1986
  • Biology
  • At a site on Archbold Biological Field Station (Lake Placid, Florida), 25% of the diet of antlion larvae (Myrmeleon spp.) consisted of a single species of an ant (Conomyrma sp.); however, in about 10% of antlion pits containing prey, Conomyrma successfully kleptoparasitized, or stole prey from, the antlion. Stolen prey were significantly larger than other prey items. Features that increase the capture efficiency of the pit (steep slope and a layer of fine sand on the walls) are disrupted during… CONTINUE READING

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