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Adult Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetles are active predators on the sparse dune slopes (4), attacking and eating prey with their large and powerful mandibles (5). These beetles are active in the day, preying and scavenging on live and dead insects (5). At night, the beetles bury into the sand dunes (5). When mating, the male is able to tightly clasp the female with his mandibles on grooves along her side (5). The larvae of this beetle are found in individual burrows (8) within the furrows of the dune system; from here they are able to ambush small invertebrate prey (4). Within their burrows, the larvae may become hosts to the parasitic wasp Methoca sp. (4).


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