A Praying Mantis Wears 3D Glasses Because Science: VIDEO


Sometimes it seems like scientists are just messing with us and and are testing what they can get away with by claiming pursuit of greater scientific understanding. The latest entry of the "Wait, really?" files finds researchers at Newcastle University in the UK adhering tiny 3D glasses to praying mantises with beeswax to see how they respond when shown three dimensional images.

As mantises are one of the few invertibrates with stereoscopic vision, the scientists want to discover if their depth perception is comparable to that of humans and other stereoscopic mammals by trying to trick them into reacting to 3D "bugs" on a monitor.

You can watch a short video of the experiment AFTER THE JUMP...

3D Praying Mantis