Wing ArtDr. Jim Fredericks
Saturday, November 9, 2013
An insect’s appearance is often linked to its success in
reproducing. Mate selection can result in insects with fantastic
colors or patterns, but none can compare with the intricate design
on the wings of the fly species Goniurellia
Each of this
fly’s wings appears to have a detailed design of an ant
“complete with six legs, two antennae, a head, thorax and tapered
abdomen.” The design is also thought to aid in confusing predators.
Goniurellia tridens is one of 27 known picture wing fly species
in the United Arab Emirates.