Videos and additional information about the predator-prey interactions and animals described in the book:
Assassin bug (Stenolemus bituberus) and Spider (Achaearanea)
It’s a little grainy, but in this video you can see the assassin bug pluck the spider’s web with its legs, luring the spider in:
Túngara frogs (Physalaemus pustulosus) and Fringe-lipped Bats (Trachops cirrhosus)
Dr. Michael Ryan’s lab at the University of Texas (Austin) has been studying túngara frogs and fringe-lipped bats for many years. You can find recordings of the frog’s calls and videos at his lab’s website.
Big Dipper Firefly Male (Photinus pyralis, also known as the Common Eastern firefly) and Pennsylvania Firefly Female (Photuris sp.)
For more information about different firefly species click here.
To find out how you can participate in a citizen science project investigating firefly populations, click here.
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina)and Giant Honey Bee (Apis dorsata)
Below, a very brief video of a giant honey bee that is being attacked by weaver ants. (Sadly for the bees, they aren’t always able to avoid an ant patrol. In the experiment testing the ability of bees to detect the ant trail pheromone scent, the majority of bees avoided flowers that had added ant trail pheromone scent, but some did not.)
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) and Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
An informative article about research into alarm call networks in birds.
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus) and California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)
Video of a squirrel tail-flagging toward a rattlesnake:
For more videos and information on the scientific research on ground squirrel-rattlesnake interactions (and other snake-prey interactions), see Dr. Rulon Clark’s website.
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) and Tiger Moth (Bertholdia trigona)
The following videos are from the studies on sonar jamming by the tiger moth. In the first video below, the moth is able to escape by making its clicks.
Below, the scientists have “silenced” the moth by altering the sound-producing mechanism. The bat is able to catch the silenced moth.
Poisonous Butterflies (Zebra longwing (Heliconius charitonia), Monarch (Danaus plexippus), Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)) and cheater mimics (Red-Spotted Purple (Admiral) (Limenitis arthemis astyanax))
The American Museum of Natural History has a helpful article (with video) for more information on animals honestly declaring their poisonous nature to their predators.
Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), and Yellow-Necked Mouse (Apodemus flavicollis)
Below is a video of the peacock butterfly’s warning display during its winter hibernation. You can hear the wings hiss in the dark.
Crested Anole Lizard (Anolis cristatellus) and Puerto Rican Racer (Borikenophis portoricensis)
Photos and narration of a racer’s attack on an anole lizard, plus a discussion of the studies on the anole’s displays to the snakes.