Coleoptera-on-Anura Violence

by Francesco Lami

Holy fuck, this is awesome and terrifying at the same time. Certainly not the first time I’ve heard of predators camouflaging themselves as preys to lure their food (the modified dorsal fin of the frogfishes, the tongue of the alligator snapping turtle and the tail of the death adders, anyone?), but this is the most extreme example I’ve heard of. The Epomis beetle stays in plain sight, sayin’ “Come at me, bro”. And then kills and eats the much bigger toad. Not necessairly in this order. Starting from the inside of the mouth. Hardcore.

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