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An Example of Competition
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One example of competition in caves occurs in cave beetles from the family Carabidae. These beetles feed on cave and camel cricket eggs that have been buried in sandy cave floors. These cricket eggs are very patchy (they occur randomly and may be widely spaced). Beetles spend a great deal of energy digging holes in search of eggs, but if they find one egg it will feed them for weeks. Every beetle finds less cricket eggs when there are more beetles to find cricket eggs and therefore they are hungry and have less energy to have young beetles (this is know as exploitation competition ). So beetles must compete with each other for cricket eggs (think of it as a continuous Easter egg hunt). They do a lot of things in order to beat other beetles to cricket eggs. They get in the way of other beetles when they gather eggs, will fight a beetle that's digging up an egg, or will run after a beetle that has succeeded in getting an egg (this is known as interference competition ).

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The picture above shows two crickets fighting for food. Which is another example of competion. 

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