Fascinating research from Yoshinori Tomoyasu and David Linz recently published reveals how the pair genetically engineered beetle larvae with wings on their abdomens, this is in addition to the set that all beetles are born with.
The research is examining how insects gained their wings and their ability to fly, which they did even before birds, bats and pterosaurs some 300-360 million years ago.
A lack of insect fossils is a frustrating barrier to experts. Read more about this fascinating subject at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/science/insect-wing-evolution.html
These flying insects often take a wrong turn into our homes, which is why having our doors and windows covered with insect screens is an important factor in not only keeping stinging and biting bugs away from our families but also keeping endangered insects outside in their natural habitat, instead of killing them. Find out more at www.freedomscreens.com.au