DailyDirt: Nature Creates Some Cool Stuff

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Insect evolution is pretty amazing in general, but there are a few examples that are almost incredible. For example, people have discovered enormous ant colonies, wasps that can create zombies, and the ways that insects exhibit a collective intelligence that looks surprisingly smarter than any individual bug. Considering that insects, by weight and numbers, surpass humans by at least an order of magnitude, we might want to keep an eye on these invertebrates. Here are just a few more fascinating examples of awesome insect abilities.

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Beta (profile) says:

painting without a painter

“When this fly flaps its wings, it confuses its predators — but some observers say the images are of spiders (not ants) and trick spiders into thinking about mating (not eating).” (Boldface added.)

The idea that these markings must be images of ants or images of spiders (but not both) is a silly human idea. They are markings that tend to reduce the fly’s danger of being eaten. They were not put there for any purpose, nor in any deliberate imitation of ants or spiders. How much they beguile spiders is testable, how much they confuse other predators is testable, but there is absolutely no reason why they can’t do both. (And in a sense, the spiders and other predators collaborated on the design.)

ryuugami says:

naturally-occurring gear in nature

Best wishes for 2014 from the Department of Redundancy Department.

With that out of the way… I remember reading some really cool & creepy articles about various insects on Cracked. For example, I seem to recall that the biggest ant colony covers several continents. (A colony being defined here as ants working together instead of fighting or ignoring each other. Maybe we could just call it a nation instead.)

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