Rare Headless Ladybug Discovered

Sleepy Hollow has its headless horseman and now Montana has a headless ladybug. The newly discovered insect tucks its head into its throat – making it not only a new species but an entirely new genus, or larger classification of plants and animals. Ross Winton captured the insect in 2009 in traps he set in a sand dune while an entomology graduate student at Montana State University. Winton, now a wildlife technician in Idaho, at first thought he had parts of an ant but then discovered the bug can hide its head, much like a turtle ducking into its shell… Ivie said it was rare to discover a new beetle in the United States and rarer still to uncover a completely new genus. The discovery is no small accomplishment considering the bug is the size and color of a grain of sand, he added. He said it was unclear why the beetle slips its head into a tube in its midsection.” w/ photo

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