(Screen)shot of the day

A clerid attacks and subdues a Southern Pine Beetle. Zoomed-in screenshot.

It’s just as Boving and Champlain described (see the meet the beetles post below).  Again (I like this quote):

“The Clerid remains motionless until a wandering Scolytoid or some other insect approaches close enough. Then running with a rapidity that resembles a leap, it seizes the prey. Grasping it with the front and middle pair of legs and holding on to the bark by the hind pair, sometimes balanced by the tip of the abdomen against the bark, it proceeds to feed. With its strong jaws it breaks the chitin or separates the segments and feeds upon the soft tissue and viscera within.”


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