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Winners Photography Awards 2010

Stink Bug by Santosh Kundeshwar

There is such function in nature’s beauty. The eggs of this stink bug (Pentatomidae) have been laid in a symmetrical cluster, length-wise along a carefully chosen leaf stem. Like tiny pearls the eggs will remain safe – as long as they are not discovered by another hungry creature – attached securely to the plant with the help of an adhesive secreted by the mother. Interestingly, many of these eggs are not fated to hatch. They are in fact unfertilised and have been laid merely to provide food for newly-hatched young. Nature has gifted every species with its own set of special survival strategies.
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