Mutualism of the Month: Lac-insects and their bodyguards

Mutualism of the Month: Lac-insects and their bodyguards

Shellac is unrivaled when it comes to getting a high-gloss finish for your furniture and wooden instruments. The same product is used to coat your fruits and vegetables, candies, snacks, and pastries to make them look fresher and more appealing. This special compound is produced by refining the excretions of the lac-insect. While the lac-insect is busy excreting lac, it needs a bodyguard - this is where the mutualism comes in. Click through to read more!

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