How Insect Brains Melt and Rewire During Metamorphosis

The original version of this story appeared in Quanta Magazine.

On warm summer nights, green lacewings flutter around bright lanterns in backyards and at campsites. The insects, with their veil-like wings, are easily distracted from their natural preoccupation with sipping on flower nectar, avoiding predatory bats, and reproducing. Small clutches of the eggs they lay hang from long stalks on the underside of leaves and sway like fairy lights in the wind.

The dangling ensembles of eggs are beautiful but also practical: They keep the hatching larvae from immediately eating their unhatched siblings. With sickle-like jaws that pierce their prey and suck them dry, lacewing larvae are “vicious,” said James Truman,

→ Continue reading at Wired - Science

More from author

Related posts


Latest posts

CosMc’s: Why McDonald’s is interested in a coffee chain | CNN Business

New York CNN  —  McDonald’s announced on Wednesday that it is piloting a new cafe concept called CosMc’s, which...

‘It’s lending on steroids’: How Buy Now, Pay Later companies are meeting an influx of demand despite higher costs | CNN Business

New York CNN  —  In good economic times and bad, people’s self-control to spend within their means on gifts...

Europe reaches a deal on the world’s first comprehensive AI rules

Enlarge this image The OpenAI logo is displayed on a cellphone...