You may have seen halteres on flies, but you probably didn’t know what you were seeing. They’re the odd little twig-like extensions behind the fly’s wings. These up-close videos give you a much better look, so you’ll always notice from now on.
How do flies determine their escape paths? Scientists have answered this question by studying video footage of a wingless fly attempting to take to the air.
Bug-eating evangelists like to talk about how crickets are caloric magic, claiming the insects can transform table scraps into a crunchy, healthy protein. A new study debunks at least one aspect of what’s being touted everywhere as the food of the future.
Nature doesn't end at the borders of a city — it's just transformed. That's why scientists are finding new animal species in urban areas, where the ecosystems favor scavengers, hardy weeds, and junk-eaters. It probably comes as no surprise that the sprawling city of Los Angeles is home to its own unique fly species.
This is unbelievable, but the fruit fly G tridens has somehow evolved to have what looks like pictures of ants on its wings. Seriously, its transparent wings have an ant design on them complete with "six legs, two antennae, a head, thorax and tapered abdomen." It's nature's evolutionary art painted on a fly's wings.
If you've ever sat puzzling over a fly's ability to outmaneuver your swift slap of death almost every. single. time—puzzle no more. According to science, you're just measly Agent Smith to the bug's Neo; new research shows that a creature's perception of time is directly related to its size, meaning flies live in a…
Many artists are inspired by nature, but few collaborate with it in quite the same way as John Knuth. When you look at his paintings, you see broad swaths of color that appear to be meticulous impressionistic abstractions. But what you are actually looking at is the vomit of thousands of flies.
Today we salute you...biologists that gave a fly a full Brazilian with a laser so that you can study mating habits.
Someone thought that the best way to promote their company was by attaching paper ad banners to real flies. I tried this at school, to pass notes to a pretty girl called Carla. It ended in pain.
The scenario has happened countless times before. A pesky fly interrupts a dinner party. Brad, the club's resident tennis pro and notorious alcoholic, takes to his feet, Prince racket in hand, and smites the beast violently into a wall with a few tottering swings. OK, so it doesn't happen exactly like that, but you…