Fake caterpillar study reveals global pattern in predation

A new study revealing the world's prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plasticine 'dummy caterpillars.' The new study has revealed a global pattern of predation on insect herbivores. The trends observed were surprising, revealing that predatory behavior in the tropics is not driven by birds or mammals but by ants and other small arthropods.

Fake caterpillar study reveals global pattern in predation

A new Oxford University collaboration revealing the world's prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plasticine 'dummy caterpillars.'

Thu 18 May 17 from Phys.org

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'Dummy caterpillars' reveal global predation patterns

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Thu 18 May 17 from UPI

Predators are real lowlifes

By deploying green clay caterpillar models across six continents, researchers unmasked an important global pattern. Their discovery that predation is most intense near sea level in the tropics ...

Thu 18 May 17 from Eurekalert

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