17 February, 2021

Predation of Ananteris spp. by ants and a social wasp in Panama


Scorpions are fierce predators that catch and eat many animal groups, but scorpions them self are also on the menu of other predators. In a recent article, Roberto Miranda and co-workers report about a social wasp and ants in Panama that seem to be a predator on Ananteris scorpions.

Two events of predation on Ananteris spp. were observed in the Parque Nacional Darién, Darién Province, Panama. The first case involved the social wasp Agelaia centralis (Cameron, 1907) (Vespidae); the second one, a ponerine ant Leptogenys cf. cuneata Lattke, 2011 (Formicidae). This is the first time that predation by a social wasp on a scorpion is observed. They also represent the first recorded predators for Panamanian Ananteris species.

Miranda RJ, de Armas lF, Cambra RA. Predation of Ananteris spp. (Scorpiones: Buthidae) by ants and a social wasp (Hymenoptera: Formicidae, Vespidae) in Panama, Central America. Euscorpius. 2021(329):1-4. [Open Access]

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