Snow flies self-amputate freezing limbs to sustain behavior at sub-zero temperatures.
Dominic Golding, Katie L. Rupp, Anne Sustar, Brandon Pratt, and John C. Tuthill
Current Biology 2023. (link to PDF) doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2023.09.002
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