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Must see: This 'Picasso Bug' is a literal work of art

Thursday, April 11th 2019, 3:03 pm - The 'Piccaso Bug' lives up to its name. Its green-patterned shell is nothing less than a work of art.

Anyone who is familiar with the work of Pablo Picasso knows that he was notorious for his abstract, cubism style of art.

While Picasso showcased his art on canvas, the Zulu Hud Bug displays an equally as mesmerizing pattern on its back.

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Flickr, Dotun55, Creative Commons

Otherwise known as the ‘Picasso bug,’ the insect’s dazzling design represents a warning to predators. It also emits a noxious odor when disturbed.

The ‘Picasso bug’ is native to parts of Africa, including South Africa, Ethiopia, and Cameroon.

The insect's parent name is the 'Sphaerocoris annulus' and it's part of a species of shield-backed jewel bugs belonging to the Scutelleridae parent family.

Jewel bugs are also known to mimic the colors, patterns, and shape of other organisms for defensive purposes.

Insects in the jewel bug family feature many other brightly colored bugs, including the Chrysocoris, a green jewel bug from India.

Chrysocoris stolli - Lychee Jewel Bug, John Amend

John Amend, Flickr, Creative Commons

While Photoshop and editing can play a role in emphasizing the physical characteristics of certain insects and animal in pictures, the Picasso bug’s pattern is dazzling even in low-resolution photos.

dotun55, Flickr, CC, 3

Flickr, Dotun55, Creative Commons

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