Circumvention of prey defense by a predator: ant lion vs. ant.

@article{Eisner1993CircumventionOP,
  title={Circumvention of prey defense by a predator: ant lion vs. ant.},
  author={T. Eisner and I. Baldwin and J. Conner},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1993},
  volume={90 14},
  pages={
          6716-20
        }
}
  • T. Eisner, I. Baldwin, J. Conner
  • Published 1993
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • The pit-dwelling ant lion Myrmeleon carolinus, although topically sensitive to formic acid, is able to prey on formic acid-spraying ants (Camponotus floridanus). It kills the ants without inducing them to spray, and it sucks out the ant's body contents without puncturing the acid sac. Ordinarily, when Camponotus is attacked it retaliates by simultaneously biting and spraying, but it usually refrains from spraying until it has secured a grip with the mandibles. When Myrmeleon pulls Camponotus… CONTINUE READING
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