Another blog entry inspired by a crossword puzzle clue. If I had spent all day pondering 8-letter words describing a praying mantis, I would never have some up with this one. So I had to Ask An Entomologist:
Why do Mantids Only Have One Ear?This is followed by speculation about why the structure evolved this way. And one anecdote:
Mantids only have one ear, located in the middle of their [chest between the] middle and hind legs. It’s split in half, but both halves function as a single unit. There’s a single neuron which connects them, and it fires if either half ‘hears’ anything. In essence, they only have one ear.
"Taylor Swift’s first job was picking mantis egg cases off Christmas trees to keep them from hatching in the houses of customers."You learn something every day.