45 million years

Period: Eocene
Location: Baltic States, Jantarny, Russia

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In order to find a home to live in, soldier beetle larvae employ a highly interesting technique. The larvae cling together en masse on a piece of vegetation or branch in colonies consisting of an average of 460 individuals. However, this is no ordinary mass: From close up, it bears a strong resemblance to a queen bee. When drone bees land on the mass, the larvae attach themselves to the male"s abdomen. This enables the larvae to benefit from the new nest that the queen bee which the -drone will seek out- will establish. Observations have revealed that the larvae imitate not only the appearance of queen bees but also their scent! ( These highly intelligent tactics manifest evidence that these insects are not the product of chance, but have been brought into being through a sublime Creation.

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