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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Who will win?

I witnessed a fight between a young cockroach / pillbug (?) and an ant and who do you think won?

One of the ants had him by the leg and would not let go.
Soon a second ant joined in and they started to bite off pieces of its leg. As you can see top, just off centre, it's foot is missing.
Another ant got hold of the antennea and bit a piece of it off while another kept its hold on the leg.
As you can see, the insect is only about 1/10th of the size.
Finally, after about 15 minutes the insect was exhausted and gave up the fight. The rest of the ants came around and draged it off to their nest, by this time, more limbs were missing.

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