Photo: Michael Ivie
Just in time for Halloween, here comes the "headless" ladybug:
Ross Winton, a former entomology grad student at Montana State University (MSU), found the bug in a trap he set up in a sand dune in southwest Montana. He initially thought the tiny tan insect was just part of an ant or a bug with its head missing.
But upon further examination, Winton identified the one-millimeter-long insect as a male ladybird beetle, or ladybug, and found that it wasn't actually headless — its head was just hidden inside a tube in its thorax, much like a turtle that has its head tucked back into its shell.
Now let's see if it can entertain passers-by in San Luis Obispo like a certain headless magician.