Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 29, 2012

The Health Benefits Sunbathing For Bugs

BBC Nature reported on how Western Boxelder bugs (Boisea rubrolineata) “sunbathe”  as a strategy for staying healthy. Researchers recently discovered that the synergy of the sunlight and bug-produced chemicals can kill germs that could cause disease.

Scientists observed that the bugs wipe their feet and legs over the glands that produce the chemicals. These chemical engulfed fungal microbes on leaves and prevent them from invading the bugs’ bodies.

That the bugs could use the energy of the sun directly, as opposed to through plants,  places them in very select group of insects. To learn more go to: BBC Nature – Bugs sunbathe to ‘stay healthy’.

Thanks to Rob Sheppard of Nature and Photography for bringing this article to my attention.

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