Insects get old before they die

 

A new study suggests that short-lived wild insects get old – that is, lose some of their physical abilities – before they die.

University of Exeter’s Rolando Rodríguez-Muñoz is lead author of the study, published December 31, 2018, in the journal Evolution. Rodríguez-Muñoz said in a statement:

Just like humans, crickets get old. Though we didn’t find evidence of ‘live fast, die young’ in this species, those that put more energy into reproduction early in life showed some signs of faster decline as they aged.

 

 

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