Episode 35: Beetles Pretending to be Ants

This week it’s a great story about “ant-loving” (i.e. ant parasitizing) beetles that hide among army ants by looking and acting and smelling like one of them. This has evolved independently multiple times, even though the rove beetles are a very old group with lots of time diverge.

Maruyama, M., and J. Parker 2017. Deep-Time Convergence in Rove Beetle Symbionts of Army Ants Current Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.02.030

The puzzle this week is called Andy’s Heart. Enjoy!