野外におけるタガメによるニホンマムシの捕食事例 [in Japanese] Field observation of predation on a Japanese mamushi, Gloydius blomhoffii, by a giant water bug, Kirkaldyia deyrolli [in Japanese]
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The giant water bug, subfamily Lethocerinae, which has the largest body size among Belostomatidae, is known to be a vertebrate specialist that preys mainly upon fish and amphibians. Here, I report that a giant water bug, Kirkaldyia (=Lethocerus) deyrolli (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae), was catching hold of a Japanese mamushi, Gloydius blomhoffii, in a pond. This is a first report of Lethocerinae eating a Viperid snake.
- Japanese Journal of Entomology (New Series)
Japanese Journal of Entomology (New Series) 15(2), 92-93, 2012
Entomological Society of Japan