A new praying mantis with a distinctive horned neck and coloration was recently found among unidentified museum collection materials. Researchers say this goes to show how much biodiversity remains locked away in research cabinets.
Praying mantises fitted with blue and green miniature glasses prove the insects use 3D vision to hunt. This could help scientists better understand how vision evolved in humans, and ultimately improve visual perception in robots.
Camouflage is a adaptable trait used not only to hide from predators, but to sneak up on prey. Researchers recently revealed horned praying mantises have re-evolved with disruptive camouflage abilities, similar to those found in ancient lineages of the iconic insects.
If there were ever an Olympics for animals, the praying mantis would definitely win the long jump. An amazing new video shows a wingless praying mantis jump in slow motion, shedding light on the acrobatics behind their accurate leaping.
We all know that some of the nastiest lady-bugs eat their mate right after coupling. It's a disturbing side of the invertebrate world that we humans have trouble wrapping our heads around. "If she's going to eat him after they mate, why would he go anywhere near her?" is one question commonly asked. Now new research shows that male bugs aren't necessarily stupid, they're just gullible.