Tiger beetles, known for their speed and agility, do an optimal reorientation dance as they chase prey at blinding speeds, says Jane Wang, professor of mechanical engineering and physics at Cornell University, who tries to find simple physical explanations for complex, hardwired animal behaviors.
This visual representation shows a tracked tiger beetle’s trajectories as it chases prey. By observing a beetle’s chase, scientists have derived a physical law that it follows to optimize its predation strategies.
Tiger beetle photograph by Troup Dresser.
Love your blog! I have a ton of moth pictures from last year and am hoping to get a bunch more this year. Here’s a Maple Spanworm! Picture taken September 15th, 2013 in Duluth, MN.
Mod says: Congratulations, delanik! You’ve won the icon contest! Your Maple Spanworm gets to be the new icon and your blog gets a signal boost!
Because I was a little late with judging, in consideration of everyone’s patience, I will also publish everyone’s submissions. There were so many great photos it was hard to choose just one! Thanks for playing, all!
Long-tailed skipper, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
I wish this were sharper, but I’m posting it anyway because it’s such a rare sighting for me. Out there in the middle of the swamp is the only place I’ve ever seen one.