June 7, 2012
Comic Strip: Energy Transfer
The snake tries to camouflage itself to prevent being eaten by predators like the hawk. In this comic strip it is returning back to the grass after eating plants from the garden. Thus the energy from the producer (plant) is transfered to the first trophic level (snake). The end of the snake is still in the dark soil so it's not camouflaged. That is how the hawk sees it. The hawk swoops down and eats the snake, transferring energy from the second trophic level to the third.