New behavior report by Canthon virens (Mannerheim, 1829) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in Southeastern Brazil




Atta, Dung beetle, Food Resource, Leaf-cutting ants


Canthon virens (Mannerheim, 1829) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) prey on leaf-cutting ants, using their body for provisioning larvae, as part of the reproductive behavior. Here, we report an observation of a new behavior of C. virens during the predation of Atta laevigata (Smith, 1858) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Southeastern Brazil. We observed a C. virens rolling a fruit capsule of Eucalyptus sp., which may indicate an ant’s escape strategy from the predation.


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How to Cite

Oliveira, G. C. S., Henriques, N. R., Louzada, J., & Vieira, L. . (2022). New behavior report by Canthon virens (Mannerheim, 1829) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in Southeastern Brazil. Entomological Communications, 4, ec04023.



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