Insects Disguised Themselves With Dead Small Insect Bodies Millions Of Years Ago

There are numerous ways in which bugs protect themselves from predators, but you may not have been aware that certain bugs drape themselves with the corpses of other dead bugs in order to hide from predators.

Researchers were already aware that this particularly bizarre method of camouflage existed.  But what has them fascinated is the fact that a prehistoric lacewig as well as an assassin bug were found in Peru enclosed in amber, and within this amber they found that these two bugs used the same method of macabre camouflage.

Researchers had previously assumed that this protective insect behavior was not nearly as old as the fossil indicates.  Not only that, but the particular bugs that were found cloaked onto the two insects were not normal inhabitants of the area, which gives them an idea of how different the environment was 130 million years ago before so many different cataclysmic global events occurred.  As a result of this new finding, scientists are paying more attention to this particular method of protection, which had not been given much attention before.

If you were a bug what type of camouflage would you have?

About smithereenpestmanagement

Smithereen Pest Management provides IPM pest services to residential and commercial clients in Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri.
This entry was posted in Insects Disguised Themselves With Dead Small Insect Bodies Millions Of Years Ago and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s