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harlequin bugs on collard green leaves

harlequin bugs on collard green leaves

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond conducted a lab experiment with harlequin bugs (Murgantia histrionica) to examine how temperature during their nymphal stages influenced pigmentation. They found colder temperatures led to darker pigmentation, an adaptation that would allow the insects to better maintain body heat in cooler climes. (Photo credit: Lily Thompson)

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