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|O. P. Young
|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.