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. 2014 Oct 15;14:146.
doi: 10.1093/jisesa/ieu008.

Predatory Luring Behavior of Odonates

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Predatory Luring Behavior of Odonates

Michael Edgehouse et al. J Insect Sci. .
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Organisms in the order Odonata are highly predatory insects that have a wide distribution globally. To date, there has been zero evidence that odonates employ luring as a means of prey acquisition. However, in this study, we show that Aeshna palmata larvae use abdominal movements to lure larval Argia vivida, subsequently consuming the lured organism. We also present findings of a similar behavior from larval Ar. vivida in an attempt to lure larval A. palmata within striking distance.

Keywords: Aeshna palmata; Argia vivida; Odonata; caudal luring.


Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.
(A–D) Sequence of points in luring abdominal movement by A. palmata during A. palmata (large) versus Ar. vivida (small) trial. Not illustrated, A. palmata strike and subsequent consumption of Ar. vivida.
Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.
(A–D) Sequence of points in abdominal luring behavior by Ar. vivida during A. palmata (large) versus Ar. vivida (small) trial. Not illustrated, Ar. vivida strike and subsequent retreat of A. palmata.

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