This Just In: Insects Can Self Repair
While insects may not have bones like mammals and reptiles, they do have very structured bodies, which as you can imagine, are prone to damage. Whether it be narrowly avoiding a predator, or being hit by a moving car, insects are certainly at risk.
But researchers at Trinity College in Dublin have discovered that when an insect is injured, its body immediately goes into repair mode. In fact, it lays a patch of new cuticle beneath the affected area, which essentially acts like a bandage that stays in place until the wound heals. Think of it as Nature’s Band-Aid.
“Unlike us, insects cannot completely repair their ‘bones,’ but it turns out that by using this cuticle bandage they can do a pretty good job,” said David Taylor, lead author of the new study at Trinity College Dublin. “They are able to restore most of the original strength, which allows them to keep using their limbs for normal activities.”
Are you impressed by these self-recovery skills of insects? Or does it make you think insects are even harder to terminate that you once thought?!
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