Colorado potato beetles lose virtually all of the mitochondria of their muscle tissue throughout hibernation, however regrow them in time to begin flying within the spring


25 July 2022

Colorado potato beetle

A Colorado potato beetle

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Some beetles can shed most of their muscle through the winter and rebuild it by spring with out transferring, prepared for flight, researchers have discovered.

The Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) can survive as much as 4 months buried beneath the snow in Canada with temperatures dropping to -20°C. Throughout hibernation, it slows its metabolism by as a lot as 90 per cent to avoid wasting vitality, however the way it does this was poorly understood.

To analyze, Jacqueline Lebenzon at Western College in London, Canada, and her colleagues mimicked …

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