Scientists Make 3D Glasses for Praying Mantises

Posted on April 24, 2014

Scientists have designed tiny 3D glasses for praying mantises. The research team, led by Dr Jenny Read from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, want to learn more about 3D vision in the praying mantis, which is the only invertebrate known to have they ability. They say it could provide clues about how 3D vision evolved.

Dr. Read says in a statement, "Despite their minute brains, mantises are sophisticated visual hunters which can capture prey with terrifying efficiency. We can learn a lot by studying how they perceive the world."

The glasses were applied to the praying mantis with beeswax. The mantis will be shown computer generated images on computer monitors.

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