This newly discovered moth has been hiding in plain sight for a very long time. Its discovery has given biologists a useful clue about where to look for similar elusive new species.
It's shaped like a leaf. It's colored like a leaf. It even sports the vein-like structures typically found in a leaf's spongy mesophyll layer. But this is no leaf.
When it comes to insect flight, we usually only think about how the insect's wings contribute to aerial stability. But scientists have now discovered that the abdominal movements of some insects also play a large role in flight control, particularly when hovering — a finding that could lead to improved aerial drones.
There's a famous story about British moths during the Industrial Revolution, who in just a few short generations adapted to their soot-filled environment by evolving a matching black color. And now we've found the global warming equivalent: Dutch ladybugs.
I'm convinced: nanotechnology can and will do anything. In this case, it's creating perfectly non-reflecting views on everything from cellphone displays to eyeglasses, without requiring extra steps in the manufacturing process. And it's the best moth-inspired idea since The Tick.