Stink bug eggs look like emojis by Paul Bertner/Minden Pictures (4 images)

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These peculiar spheres that look like real life emojis are in fact the eggs of the common stink bug. e smiley faced emoji can actually let off a foul smell if disturbed.

It is not fully understood why the eggs look like this, but researchers believe that its function is to protect the delicate DNA and cellular machinery inside the developing bug. Mother stink bugs will change the colour of their eggs depending on how much light they get - by adding darker pigments.

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