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Bioluminescent larvae of Headlight Beetles (Pyrophorus nyctophanus) attracting flying termites and Great anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) digging termite mound, Emas National Park, Brazil

© Marcio Cabral / Biosphoto

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Shooting date : 2016-10-30

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Night Raider. For three seasons, Marcio had camped out in Brazil’s Cerrado region, on the vast treeless savannah of Emas national park, waiting to capture the termite mounds’ light display. Click beetle larvae living in the outer layers of the mounds flash their bioluminescent “headlights” to lure in prey – the flying termites. Out of the darkness ambled a giant anteater, oblivious of Marcio in his hide, and began to attack the tall, concrete-mud mound with its powerful claws to reach the termites deep inside.


Wild animal / Mammal / Edentata / Ant thrush / Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)

Wild animal / Insect / Coleoptere / Wireworm / Headlight Beetle (Pyrophorus nyctophanus)

Atmosphere / Meteorological phenomenon / Sky

Image processing / Digital assembly

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Protostomia / Articulata / Arthropoda / Tracheata / Antennata / Hexapoda / Insecta / Coleoptera / Polyphaga / Elateridae / Pyrophorus

Individual / Nobody

Controlled conditions

America / South America / Brazil / Goiaz / Emas National Park


Seek / Food search

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Low Risk (IUCN) LR / Near Threatened species (IUCN) NT

Species / Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) / CITES Appendix 2

Environment / Biodiversity management / Environment management / Environment protection / National park

Space / Star

Area / Low formation / Savanna-forest mosaic / Campos cerrados

Behavior / Animal construction / Termite mound

Species / Diet pattern / Insectivore (diet)

Atmosphere (Ambiance) / Night

Shot / Overview

Shot / Profile shot

Behavior / Dig (excavate)

Enumeration / Alone

Species / Relation between species / Predation / Predator

Individual / Stage of development / Adult

Behavior / Bioluminescence

Latin keywords

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Deuterostomia / Chordata / Vertebrata / Synapsida / Mammalia / Xenarthra / Myrmecophagidae / Myrmecophaga

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