Beetles

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,”…