Japenese Beetle on Dandelion. Photo credit: John Obermeyer
One of our greatest social fears is to appear in public at a party wearing the identical dress or shirt or outfit that another person is wearing. Some say there could be nothing worse. “Same dress fear” is a foreboding that, even if conceived only in one’s imagination, can cause alarm, panic and, if left without proper therapy, a compulsion to carefully survey the crowd from a safe distance before entering.
Although all humans want to match to a certain extent, there also seems to be a limit. Conformity is good, but we want others to know that we are our own person.
What does this have to do with a beetle's skin?