Wednesday, March 24, 2010

First "truly amphibious" insects found

Fourteen species of moth - newly discovered in Hawaii - have a bizarre habit in the caterpillar stage. They are true amphibians. As an entomologist described it, they walk from water to land and back, behaving the same way, as if the two mediums were not significantly different. It's not clear yet how the animals breathe underwater, but they have no problem with it.

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