Manduca vs. Amblycheila

Which one do you think will win?

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2010

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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8 Responses to Manduca vs. Amblycheila

  1. jason says:

    It was totally awesome when the first one jumped up and grabbed the larva! However–and correct me if I’m wrong–I suspect it was jumping up for a different reason: escape or defense perhaps. Finding food was just luck. Or are they really that aware and that active when hunting?

    • Actually I think he jumped out of hunger-driven excitement! He may not have distinguished between the caterpillar and the forceps – it was all prey.

      Normally they just run away if they feel threatened and only bite when actually grabbed.

  2. Kirk says:

    NIce little puppies you got there Ted!

  3. troymullens says:

    Great video. What else exciting is happening at the MacRae household/farm/zoo?

  4. Just not a fair fight! Maybe next time the Manduca could get a laser strapped to its head…

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