Researchers examine aging in wild insects for first time
Antler flies (Protopiophila litigata) on a moose antler with an observation grid drawn on the antler surface.
Credit: Russell Bonduriansky, U of T
Mating pair of antler flies (Protopiophila litigata) Credit: R. Bonduriansky
A unique insect has given researchers the opportunity to study aging in the wild for the first time.
"Aging - or senescence - has been seen under controlled conditions in the lab, but never before in insects living in their naturally evolved habitat," says U of T zoology doctoral candidate Russell Bonduriansky. "Our study of antler flies shows these animals do age in the wild."
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