Japanese giant hornets are excellent predators of much smaller and weaker honey bees. The bees, however, have an effective behavioral defense: when the hive is under attack, a group of bees will surround the hornet in a vibrating mass that overheats and eventually kills the attacker.
Caiman are generally solitary animals, but they can often be found in large numbers. This is especially true when they find ideal places to hunt or sun themselves, as well as during the dry season when water holes shrink and caiman are forced to cluster together.
Image credit: Luciano Candisani
White-faced sakis are cat-sized South American monkeys, although their thick fur makes them look much larger than they are. Also known as “flying monkeys”, sakis are stealthy arboreal primates that can quickly flee an area through the treetops in a series of leaps of up to 30 feet.
Tui - Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae
Endemic to New Zealand, the commonly named Tui,Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae (Passeriformes - Meliphagidae) is an important pollinator of native forest flowers. The flowers of the harakeke, or flax, are perfectly shaped to fit the tui’s beak. The yellow colouring on this tui’s forehead is a dusting of pollen from the harakeke flowers from which it has been feeding on nectar.
They are intelligent, aggressively territorial, and are said to be able to imitate the calls of nearly every other bird, as well as a vast array of other sounds.
Photo and text credit: ©Sid Mosdell | Locality: Waikawa, Marlborough, New Zealand (2011)
Burmese Lynx Spider - Oxyopes birmanicus
The Burmese Lynx Spiders, belonging to the species Oxyopes birmanicus (Araneae - Oxyopidae), are agile hunters and have the advantage of their long legs armed with nearly erect spines. They can be seen running and jumping after prey, and although measuring less than one centimeter, it is not uncommon that their preys exceed the size of the spider.
Oxyopes birmanicus is known to occur in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.