Ants…and Antlions.

Yes, it’s all fun and whatnot for ants, until they cross paths with the Antlion. An extremely patient hunter, the antlion digs a spiralling hole, and waits. And waits. And Then: Whammo!

The French naturalist Jean-Henri Fabre wrote that “The Ant-lion makes a slanting funnel in the sand. Its victim, the Ant, slides down the slant and is then stoned, from the bottom of the funnel, by the hunter, who turns his neck into a catapult.”

The predatory actions of the larvae have attracted attention throughout history, and antlions have been mentioned in literature since classical times. {wikipedia}

Tardigrade.

The Tardigrade, maestro of the microscopic. There is little they cannot withstand….extremes in heat, pressure, even radiation, which would initiate funeral preparations for practically any other life form, seem not to faze them.

Devil, Tasmanian.

The well-known savagery of the Tasmanian devil is well on display. The devil’s got quite the bite…the most powerful of any carnivorous marsupial on the planet, and near the top for any predator.