23 Aug '12, 6pm

Your evening dose of animal awesomeness: Glow-in-the-dark cockroaches that look like Jawas

Your evening dose of animal awesomeness: Glow-in-the-dark cockroaches that look like Jawas

These South American fluorescent cockroaches use their glowing spots — really pits of bioluminescent bacteria — to mimic the markings of a toxic beetle, so predators will pass them by. More importantly, though, they look exactly like Jawas . Look, it’s even wearing a little bandolier! The picture on the right, of the roach under fluorescent light, is possibly EVE from WALL-E. But that’s just camouflage; the Jawa drag is this critter’s real look. Which, if you think about it, explains a lot. A recent study found that luminescent roaches, and other land-dwelling luminous creatures, emerged on the planet surprisingly recently — no more than 65 million years. I think it’s obvious why: They traveled here a long time ago from a galaxy far, far away. And the fact that no specimens have been found in ages — that’s not because the volcano they lived on erupted two years ago. It’s b...

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