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Dazzle flies

"Zebras are obviously the chillest animals on Earth, but how did they get that way? As it turns out, their signature stripes may not have evolved as camouflage, but instead are largely a deterrent to blood-sucking flies." -- At first blush it may seem a hoax, considering the publication date, but it turns out very likely that zebras got their stripes not as camouflage, but as protection against biting insects.
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 7, 2014 - 22 comments

°oOOo°

Jumping spider watching you, jumping spider watching you (again), mantis eating a fly, mantis eating a fly (again), mantis watching you, mantis watching you (again), ladybird hatching, flies having sex, crane flies having sex, shepherd, WTF is that, WTF is that (again), and a really cute baby hamster. Photographs by David Jobi
posted by elgilito on Apr 20, 2013 - 40 comments

The ultimate buzzkill

Bats eavesdrop on the sound of copulating flies (includes grainy sextape). Another summary with additional comments.
posted by elgilito on Jul 24, 2012 - 9 comments

And Guest Starring: Cameraman and Fly

One of the side effects of being a 5-day, live show was that the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows featured regular technical and acting flubs. Many, many, many flubs [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 19, 2012 - 25 comments

Dateless Drosophila Drown Dating Dejection in Drink

Sexual Deprivation Increases Alcohol Intake in Drosophila (the original paper, and a précis, are both behind paywalls; the précis notes "anthropomorphizing the results from flies is difficult to suppress, but the relevance to human behavior is obviously not yet established")
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 15, 2012 - 42 comments

Live life as if the next moment is your last. Because, remember, time flies!

The One-Minute Fly [SLYT] An animated short (with a nod to Ice Age).
posted by humannaire on Jan 25, 2012 - 6 comments

Feed me! Feeeeed Me.

What does the future of electricity hold? Microbial Fuel Cells? How about a carnivorous clock?
posted by The Whelk on Feb 10, 2011 - 19 comments

We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat

Screwworms, once the scourge of livestock (as well as pets and occasionally humans [link to VERY GRAPHIC slideshow]) throughout the Western Hemisphere, have been eradicated from the United States since 1966. In addition to constant vigilance by veterinary services and livestock handlers, who treated wounds immediately and set traps [link to 1920s informational film], the method which ultimately led to control of this horrifying pest is sterile insect technique. Maps showing the progress of the technique can be seen here. The USDA's National Agriculture Library maintains a special collection on the Screwworm Eradication Program. Here is a good overview of the problem and the USDA's solution, complete with (somewhat gruesome) pictures and videos. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Jul 29, 2010 - 58 comments

Fly Circus

Fly-based art.
posted by kenko on Feb 15, 2010 - 14 comments

Flies! And other neat stuff.

Flies! Yup, flies. New Jersey flies. Doesn't get any better than that! This is a super-cool photo gallery that also includes bees, butterflies and moths, ladybugs, spiders, and other little creatures. Other than the bugs, my faves are the psychedelic milk splashes and that pure Jersey water. All this and more, here.
posted by spilon on Aug 7, 2006 - 9 comments

The Fly in Your Eye

Why do Australians hang corks around their hats? - Jim Heath tells you All About the Australian Bush Fly
posted by TimothyMason on Jul 1, 2005 - 20 comments

How to make a "fly"ing plane.

How to make a "fly"ing plane.
posted by zardoz on May 5, 2005 - 24 comments

Because I've Already Used Up My One MeTa Post This Week

These flies have been stalking me. Friday Flash flies, that is.
posted by armoured-ant on Mar 4, 2005 - 15 comments

Four fly games

Four fly games: be the fly, flysui, fly eatin' and Mimi La Mouche. (flash alert)
posted by madamjujujive on Aug 30, 2003 - 11 comments

Fruit flies take death lying down.

Fruit flies take death lying down. Some scientist somewhere noticed an interesting death habit, if you will, in fruit flies. One day they flop over upside down, and stay there, until they die - almost always ~14 days later. The live approximately 60 days. The point? They believe that something naturally triggers the onset of death and dying. Interesting.
posted by JessicaRose on Sep 12, 2002 - 12 comments

This is absolutely one of my favorite web sites.

This is absolutely one of my favorite web sites. I've had this URL bookmarked on my computer for well over a year (maybe two?). It's simply one of those weirdass web things that defies explanation. It simply cannot be appreciated without seeing it. The page is truly demented. What are you waiting for? Geez!
posted by ookamaka on Aug 12, 2000 - 15 comments

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