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Headless Ladybug


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.

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