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Cleaning Up After a Meal: The Consequences of Prey Disposal for Pit-Building Antlion Larvae

Beponis, Lucy; O'Dea, Rose; Ohl, Valerie-Anne; Ryan, Mitchell; Backwell, Patricia; Binning, Sandra; Haff, Tonya


Predators use a variety of strategies for capturing prey. Trap-building predators can save on searching and encountering costs by investing in the construction and maintenance of traps such as webs and pits. However, what to do with partially consumed prey poses a potential problem. Antlion larvae (Myrmeleon acer) catch ants in conical pits, and dispose of partially consumed carcasses by flicking them a short distance away. We tested whether this prey-disposal behaviour affects the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethology
DOI: 10.1111/eth.12257


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