How Do Zebra Stripes Stop Biting Flies?

9/10/2019; 1 minutes

Why do Zebras have stripes? Scientists have learned it is to avoid biting flies. But, what is it about stripes that so disrupts a biting fly's ability to land on a zebra and suck its blood? UC Davis Professor Tim Caro led a series of unique experiments for this study to better understand how stripes manipulate the behavior of biting flies as they attempt to come in for a landing on a zebra. (#35166)

 

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