Friday, May 27, 2011
A clear case of 'you're doing it wrong' from the animal kingdom:
A giant water bug has been photographed eating a juvenile turtle in an unusual predatory role reversal.BBC Nature News
Dr Shin-ya Ohba recorded the unusual behaviour during night sampling in western Hyogo, central Japan.
Writing in the journal Entomological Science, Dr Ohba describes observing a Kirkaldyia deyrolli eating a Reeve's pond turtle in a ditch next to a rice field.
Using its front legs the giant water bug gripped the turtle, inserting its syringe-like rostrum into the prey's neck in order to feed.