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Meet Jason, The Tiny Beetle Stuck In Amber For 99 Million Years

Meet Jason, The Tiny Beetle Stuck In Amber For 99 Million Years

Featherwing beetles are some of the smallest insects out there – and one researcher managed to spot an ancient specimen in a 99-million-year-old chunk of amber. Just half a millimetre long, this Cretaceous period beetle had its signature fringed wings unfurled when it met its sticky demise.

Burying Beetles’ Embalming Butt Juice Is Even Worse Than It Sounds

Burying Beetles’ Embalming Butt Juice Is Even Worse Than It Sounds

Image: Kebman/Flickr Creative Commons Burying beetles (Nicrophorus) are hard to miss. The insects aren’t big, but most species are painted with vibrant, orange blotches on a glossy black background. According to new research, walking around dressed in their Halloween best may have an important function. The coloration may be “aposematic,”…