We can never stop marvelling at the ingenious and unique ways in which Nature presents its designs.
Dr Mohamed Babu, a scientist from Mysore, photographed ants with translucent abdomen changing colour as they sip on colourful drops of sugar. The ants seemed to prefer lighter colours such as greens and yellow to darker blues. Some of the ants wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their bodies.
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Some anomalies produce spectacular results!
‘Bilateral Gynandromorphism’ is a Genetic anomaly found in living organisms that results in insects having both male and female characteristics, evenly split, right down the middle. This genetic anomaly results in spectacular butterflies with male & female wings.
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A study suggests that Honeybees with tiny brains have an inbuilt ‘satnav’ system that helps them to find their way around.
The study reveals that bees do not rely on the sun’s position to find their way home but build a ‘mental map’ to navigate. These tiny insects learn to fly the shortest possible route between flowers discovered in random order.
They are, in fact, capable of solving the ‘travelling salesman problem’ that involves finding the shortest route that allows a travelling salesman to call at all the locations he has to visit. Computers solve the problem by comparing the length of all possible routes and choosing the one that is shortest. Bees manage to reach the same solution using a brain the size of a grass seed
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