Scale insect wiggle dance

The common perception among researchers is that scale insects largely lack behavior, or at least observable behavior. Certain species even lose their legs because they are no longer useful.

This is part of the reason why scale insects interest me. They are different. They’ve found (adapted) ways to live without moving. But when the scales do “cute” things, it’s a happy day in the Frank lab. Quotes are necessary here, because our undergraduate researchers look at me like I’ve finally lost it when I describe scale insects as “cute”.

You decide, cute or not cute, the scale insect wiggle dance:

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