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July 5, 2022
JUL 5, insects: cryoprotection
INSECT ADAPTATION: CRYOPROTECTION
"An endogenous cryoprotective?"
Isabella asked. "Let's be selective.
(I'm lethargic and slothful.)
Chartered flights take a mothful
To Florida: that's more effective."
Dr.G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022
Authors' Note: The isabella tiger moth,Pyrrharctia isabellaenters the cold season in wintry parts of North America in the form of abanded woolly bear caterpillar. Traditionally, her peer-group would attempt to get through the winter by altering their metabolism to manufacture compounds known ascryoprotectives, allowing them to recover from freezing. Our protagonist seems to have discovered another way around this challenge.