These Adaptations Give Insects a Survival Advantage, National Geographic, 28 August 2017

National Geographic carried an article on adaptations that insects have which gave them a survival advantage. Associate Professor of Science Antonia Monteiro and Assistant Professor of Science William Piel’s research on moths was highlighted. The article noted that both biologists were working in peninsular Malaysia when Dr Piel spotted Macrocilix maia, a moth about 1.5 inches across whose dorsal markings look like bird droppings and whose wings feature designs that look like flies dining on the poop buffet. Poop mimicry can be a life-saving adaptation that gets passed on to offspring, becoming refined over time.


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