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Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened

February 4, 2013

an electron microscopy image of roach antennae North Carolina State University researchers have shown that insect grooming--specifically, antennal cleaning--removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves. The findings show that grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses that are responsible for a host of functions including finding food, sensing danger and even locating a suitable mate. Full Story

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