Stink Bug Moms Choose the Color of Their Eggs

Plants and Animals

Photo credit: This is a female spined soldier bug (Podisus maculiventris) laying light-colored eggs on a white surface. Andrea Brauner.

The colors and patterns found on eggs can affect the survival of offspring. A well-camouflaged egg keeps it hidden from would-be thieves, for example, while pigments help to protect the developing embryo from UV radiation. According to a new Current Biology study, a female stink bug “chooses” the color of her...

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