Paris, 28 June 2010
A sphingid moth captured by one of its wings on a leaf lobe; workers can be seen in ambushing position on the right-hand side of the photo.
This photo shows workers ambush-hunting beneath a young leaf. A black wasp has been captured and is spread-eagled at the centre of the leaf lobe.
(1) Researchers from the Laboratoire “Microorganismes: Génome et Environnement (LMGE)” (CNRS/Université Blaise Pascal) in Clermont-Ferrand and the Laboratoire d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle in Toulouse (ECOLAB, CNRS/Université Paul Sabatier/INP Toulouse).
(2) Velcro® is a registered international trademark of Velcro International BV. The name Velcro stems from the French “velours”, meaning "velvet" and “crochet” meaning "hook". It has become a generic term to designate any textile material consisting of two strips, each covered with a different texture (velvet and hooks), which results in rapid but reversible fastening when brought into contact.
Dejean A., Leroy C., Corbara B., Roux O., Céréghino R., Orivel J. & Boulay R. Arboreal ants use the “Velcro® principle” to capture very large prey. PloS One, 23 June 2010.
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