A stink bug is the first animal known to actively control egg color

spined soldier bug photo
Podisus maculiventris, the spined soldier bug (Photo by Sam Fraser-Smith)

The spined soldier bug, despite having a really cool name, is rather unimpressive in appearance. About the size of a fingernail and a muddy, mottled brown in color, this little bug does not look like it might be hiding any deep secrets. Also called the stink bug, it is often introduced in agricultural fields as a biological pest-control system, since it feeds on the larva of various moths and beetles that destroy crops. About a month ago, researchers over at the University of Montreal, Canada, discovered and published a remarkable fact – the female spined soldier bug is the first animal ever shown to actively control the color of the eggs that it lays.

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