Tiger beetle adults are predacious, feeding on a range on insects by actively hunting them. The larvae are also predacious, but use a different attack strategy, waiting in their burrow for a potential victim, usually an ant or other crawling insect, to walk close enough to be grabbed and pulled into the depths below. Like the adults, the larvae eat liquid food, so use powerful mandibles to chew up the prey into a mushy, delicious smoothy.
May 15, 2014
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cory Sheffield, Ph.D.
Curator of Invertebrate Zoology