Thursday, May 14, 2015

Beetle Trapped In Amber For 52 Million Years -
Social Parasitism exemplified.

A 52-million-year old beetle was able to live alongside ants—preying on their eggs and usurping resources all within the comfort of their host's nest. Through ways that scientists are still trying to understand, Clavigeritae beetles are able to pass through ant defenses and integrate seamlessly into colony life.

Clavigeritae beetles interacting with host ants in Peru. A Crematogaster worker ant carries a Fustiger beetle (right) while another beetle (left, with mite on abdomen) orients its body to allow a second worker ant to lick its trichomes. 
Credit: © Takashi Komatsu

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