Resilient Eaten Beetle Persists to the End

(p. D2) It’s a familiar story: Predator hunts prey. Predator catches prey. Predator gulps down prey.

Usually, that’s it. But the water scavenger beetle Regimbartia attenuata says, “Not today.” After getting swallowed by a frog, this plucky little insect can scuttle down the amphibian’s gut and force it to poop — emerging slightly soiled, but very much alive.

For the full story, see:

Katherine J. Wu. “A Beetle Swallowed By a Frog Decides To Do an End Run.” The New York Times (Tuesday, August 11, 2020): D2.

(Note: the online version of the story has the date August 3, 2020, and has the title “There Are Two Ways Out of a Frog. This Beetle Chose the Back Door.”)

The scavenger beetle’s escape is documented in:

Sugiura, Shinji. “Active Escape of Prey from Predator Vent Via the Digestive Tract.” Current Biology 30, no. 15 (2020): 867-68.

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