Strategy of Predator Satiation

An effective strategy of predator satiation involves two adaptations. First, the synchrony of emergence or reproductions must be very precise, thus assuring that hte market is truly flooded, and only for a short time. Secondly, this flooding cannot occur very often, lest predators simply adjust their own life cycle to predictable times of superfluity. If bamboos flowered every year, seed eaters would track the cycle and present their own abundant young with the annual bounty. But if the period between episodes of flowering far exceeds the life-span of any predator, then the cycle cannot be tracked (except by one peculiar primate that records its own history). The advantage of synchroneity to individual bamboos and cicadas is clear enough: anyone out of step is quickly gobbled up (cicada "stragglers" do occasionally emerge in off years, but they never gain a foothold).


Cicadas have evolved the strategy of mass-producing in such numbers that the predators cannot eat them all.

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