A Million Ways to Reproduce
Fascinating article from The New York Times about some of our favorite insects, stick insects. The residents in our current exhibit, Our Plentiful Planet, are known for their camouflage: their stick-like appearance helps to keep them hidden from predators. But researchers have found being eaten could boost some stick insects’ reproductive success. When a bird eats the insect and excretes the eggs somewhere else, some of the eggs survive and hatch, expanding the insects’ habitat. Amazing.