8 thoughts on “Manduca vs. Amblycheila

  1. It was totally awesome when the first one jumped up and grabbed the larva! However–and correct me if I’m wrong–I suspect it was jumping up for a different reason: escape or defense perhaps. Finding food was just luck. Or are they really that aware and that active when hunting?

    • Actually I think he jumped out of hunger-driven excitement! He may not have distinguished between the caterpillar and the forceps – it was all prey.

      Normally they just run away if they feel threatened and only bite when actually grabbed.

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