Praying mantises rocking 3D glasses...for science
Putting glasses on a bug seems like something scientists do drunk, but the researchers at the University of Newcastle are very sober and very convinced about their project.
Praying mantises are special, you see. Besides being a super predator and master at keeping gardens free of bugs, mantises are the only invertebrate with 3D vision. So the scientists figure they could learn something from these creatures about how 3D vision works.
Dr Jenny Read, who is leading the bug-loving team from the Institute of Neuroscience, says that despite mantises having really minute brains, they’re very sophisticated visual hunters.