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Miami Tiger Beetle Program Updates

Below are the most recent updates on the Miami tiger beetle. To find out more about the species, its history and ecology click here.

Seek and you shall not find

Miami tiger beetle larvae spend their entire time inside a burrow until they eclose as an adult. The width of their burrow is the same width as the head capsule of the larvae. As the larvae grows, they will renovate their home and expand it. Miami tiger beetle larvae eat mostly ants that cross into the areas around their burrow. Using the hooks on the dorsal side of the larvae, they will reach out and grab unknowing ants with their mandibles and their hooks hold onto the wall of their burrow to keep them from being pulled out. In this photo, there is a Miami tiger beetle larvae but we bet that you won’t be able to find it. Here are two hints: The penny is for scale and the yellow-orange sand was excavated during the making of the burrow.
Posted by Frank Ridgley at 09:13

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