Predatory bugs-giants: how insects can prey on turtles
In normal diet insects of the family Belostomatidae includes fish and frogs.
9 April 2019 at 12:57
Giant water bugs Hemiptera insects of the family Belostomatidae are distributed worldwide and includes a total of about 150 genera. The largest live in South America and can grow up to 10-15 inches.
Inhabiting shallow, overgrown with algae ponds, water bugs most of the time under the surface of the water, but to breathe dissolved oxygen, they can not, therefore, often forced to emerge. Two breathing tubes located at their abdomen, and to take a breath, the bug turns over and raises above the water surface of the rear part of your body.
These insects, though, and bed bugs, is actually cunning and skillful predators, hunting from ambush. Their thick curved front legs with “hooks” on the ends are able to grasp and hold relatively large prey: not only insects and larvae, but also fish, frogs and snakes. Clinging to the victim, the bug stabs her in its sharp proboscis and enters into the body of saliva, which has a paralyzing effect. It also includes digestive enzymes, which quickly turns internal organs to mush, which the bug then sucks the enjoyment.
As members of the species Kirkaldyia (Lethoceru) deyrolli from the same family can eat even turtles: this scene is a Japanese zoologist Tires-I Oshba (Shin-ya Ohba) observed on wetland rice field. The time of the attack, the scientist did not find, however, because water bugs are not scavengers, the version that insect just found a dead turtle, was not considered. True, the reptile was still young and with a length of carapace 34 mm was even smaller than 58 mm hunter.
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