|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||1982|
|Authors:||O. P. Young|
|Journal:||New York Entomological Society|
Canthon viridis Beauv. is shown to perch on ieaf surfaces near a food source (dung) before attempting consumption. It is hypothesized that predator pressure by staphylinids has contributed to the development ofthis behavior. Correlated with perching behavior in C viridis is low population density, relative absence of diurnal beetle competitors, observed predation by Staphylinns maculosus Grav., the capability offeeding on old feces aban- doned by staphylinid predators, and a long survival period without food.