Artist Sarah Folts explores the wide world of insects and arachnids and has recently made extraordinary photographs of an unusual phenomenon. Under UV light, a scorpion and the babies cradled on their backs emit a bright blue and purple glow caused by proteins in the exoskeletons of the trapped creatures – the younger predators stay in this position until their shells are hard enough . Scientists aren’t sure what the evolutionary purpose of fluorescent paint is, although theories include an unintended chemical reaction, a tactic to deceive the prey, and the novel idea that her whole body acts as giant eyes. (about Laughing squid)
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