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Buddy Scorpion meal by melvynyeo Buddy Scorpion meal by melvynyeo
First time seeing harvestman sharing a meal together.... a scorpion meal! Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opilione…

Many species are omnivorous, eating primarily small insects and all kinds of plant material and fungi; some are scavengers, feeding upon dead organisms, bird dung and other fecal material. This broad range is quite unusual in arachnids, which are usually pure predators. Most hunting harvestmen ambush their prey, although active hunting is also found. Because their eyes cannot form images, they use their second pair of legs as antennae to explore their environment. Unlike most other arachnids, harvestmen do not have a sucking stomach or a filtering mechanism. Rather, they ingest small particles of their food, thus making them vulnerable to internal parasites such as gregarines.[2]

Although parthenogenetic species do occur, most harvestmen reproduce sexually. Mating involves direct copulation, rather than the deposition of a spermatophore. The males of some species offer a secretion from their chelicerae to the female before copulation. Sometimes the male guards the female after copulation and, in many species, the males defend territories. The females lay eggs shortly after mating or anytime up to several months later. Some species build nests for this purpose. A unique feature of harvestmen is that in some species the male is solely responsible for guarding the eggs resulting from multiple partners, often against egg-eating females, and subjecting the eggs to regular cleaning. Depending on circumstances such as temperature, the eggs may hatch at any time after the first 20 days, up to about half a year after being laid. Harvestmen pass through four to eight nymphal instars to reach maturity. Most known species have six instars.[2]

Most species are nocturnal and colored in hues of brown, although there are a number of diurnal species, some of which have vivid patterns in yellow, green and black with varied reddish and blackish mottling and reticulation.

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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Kind of like a slightly more gruesome Lady and the Tramp, huh? I was a bit confused at first because I thought the scorpion's head belonged to one of the harvestmen. Great, slightly strange shot. 
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jaumahell Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Digital Artist
wooow opilion eating a scorpion! I never thought I would see something like this, amazing shot!!
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Most likely, this is the remains of a scorpion they are scavenging after some other predator, or maybe another scorpion, killed and mostly devoured it, leaving scraps for others to find.
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maryjayne530 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa; this is so cool!
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Raptrax101 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
thats cool
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Lilac-DownDeep Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do they normally share meals?
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great capture. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
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khamal Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nnnaawwww
I've always found Harvestmen to be interesting to watch eat
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TheraveXIII Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Huge harvestmen, or tiny scorpion? Either option is kinda cool and disturbing :)
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GraphiteOnPaper Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
encyclopedia photographers must see this.
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