From Xplor for Kids
September 2018 Issue

Predator vs. Prey: Snoutmite vs. Springtail

Needle Nose

Once prey is down, the tiny mite can jab in its sharp, hollow snout and suck its victim dry.

Silk Shooter

Strands of sticky silk help the snout mite snare its prey.

Trigger Tail

At the slightest touch, the soil-dwelling springtail can flick its fast-action forked tail and flip out of the mite’s reach.

And the winner is…

Although the springtail can launch itself sky-high, the mite’s sticky trap keeps it earthbound. The mite’s sharp snout plunges in.

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illustration of crows feed their young

Nest-Door Neighbors

It’s 6 a.m. on a Tuesday, and the busybodies next door have already been snooping around. They’ve discovered that one of your neighbors forgot to put the lid on his trash can. They know that another left her cat outside all night. And they checked to see if the guy down the street refilled his bird feeder. Nope. It’s still empty.

Jumping spider

Fall for Jumping Spiders

Get eyeball to eyeballs with these awesome arachnids, and you’ll spy lots to love.

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This Issue's Staff:

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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