Humans are not the only animals able to wear 3D glasses. Insects like the praying mantis can get their own pair. 3D blockbusters like Avatar might be lost on the insect community, but researchers at Newcastle University are curious about the relationship between mantis vision and human vision.
The group at the university wanted to test mantids’ sensitivity to three dimensions. Mantids are suspected to have 3D vision similar to vertebrates, and the researchers wanted to see if mantises could be fooled with a rudimentary 3D video.
The research team showed a simple 3D video to a mantis that was wearing hyper-simplified 3D glasses. The mantis would then attack the screen as it saw the digitally-derived, 3D objects.
Check out the video below of a mantis in action. It may make you wonder what you look like watching Captain America with 3D glasses on.
With this research, we can learn how other organisms interpret images and movement. What will we learn about ourselves if it turns out that mantids see in 3D as we do? What do you think this research indicates about the future of science and the future of our relationships with small organisms? Start the conversation.